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Impacts of the Drought

Forest fire

Forest Fire activity historically peaks during droughts

One day with extreme fire danger can be catastrophic


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Impacts of the Drought

Forest fire

Forest Fire activity historically peaks during droughts

One day with extreme fire danger can be catastrophic



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Fire Statistics

Year 2002/03 1982/83 20 yr ave

Number fires 855 878 618

Area burnt ha* 1,346,117 732,302 85,397

*includes fires burning forest, grassland as well as fires in border areas



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Use of climate information - the risk of forest fire

  • I want to know about the wetting and drying of forests

  • past, current and predicted indicators are analysed

  • fire risk dynamics are profiled, probability/reliability

  • plans are made well in advance for specific outcomes

  • resources scheduled to deliver response as risk rises

  • wide range of fire preparedness and resource activities dictated by seasonal dryness

  • Ongoing uses -

  • prescribed burning - fire recovery activities - this season






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How useful was the climate information?

  • climate guidance helps drive fire preparedness in droughts

  • Issues outside of guidance

  • rate of seasonal drying/dryness can change rapidly

  • intermittent rainfall patterns mask the actual dryness

  • long term rainfall deficit effects are very complex

  • droughts expose a different group of people to a fire risk

  • the ‘climate’ of human risk changing

  • - urban spread into forests

  • - more forest based recreation