Commissioner warns of above average fire season

Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley has warned residents of the Central Goldfields and Pyrenees shires that the threat of a significant fire hitting the region this summer remains high.

The warning comes on the back of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC revising the state’s seasonal outlook to above average bushfire risk last

week, with the outlook now predicting above normal conditions in the central and north east districts of Victoria.

Speaking to The Maryborough District Advertiser on Friday, Commissioner Lapsley said while the outlook’s revision does not significantly alter the conditions the areas surrounding Maryborough and Avoca will experience during the summer months, the heightened threat in neighbouring areas could place a strain on local emergency resources.

“The revision has made the threat of a bushfire footprint bigger,” Mr Lapsley said.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, December 6.

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