2017-18 Fire season – December update
Wednesday, 20th December 2017
Significant early season fires were experienced in September which saw six houses and 11 sheds and outbuildings destroyed.
A reprieve in conditions has seen a reduction in operational activity. November was an opportunity for some important consolidation for brigades with training and maintenance and a big push to get the bush fire preparation messages out to their communities.
Not all has been quiet of course. A number of hay fires in the western region have been a good reminder to prompt local farmers to check their hay stocks, especially with expectations of precipitation along with warm weather.
Between 20 and 30 fires started on Sunday 26 November in the Mid Murray Zone due to a large storm that passed through the region. They were all relatively small, but forty firefighters chased lightning strikes over an eleven-hour period.
Despite the late forming La Niña which is predicted to be weak and bring little in the way of widespread heavy rainfall over summer, temperatures are set to remain above average and eastern forested areas of NSW are predicted to continue to have above normal fire potential.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its seasonal outlook for summer (December to February)
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has released their Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017-18 November Update
For more information on current incidents in NSW and how to prepare visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au follow the NSW Rural Fire Service on Facebook or Twitter or call the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737. If you see a fire without a fire truck in attendance, please call Triple Zero (000).