Local fire authorities are urging residents to prepare for the looming fire season now, with the current wet spring leading to “prolific” grass growth across the Central Goldfields Shire.
Issued by Maryborough CFA Captain Daryl Wagstaff, the call for action came at the beginning of Fire Action Week and precedes a summer in which the Central Goldfields Shire faces a heightened fire risk.
As reported in September, the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook, which is developed by the Bureau of Meteorology in conjunction with fire and land managers, listed Central Victoria as the state’s most ‘at risk’ in its annual report.
The outlook cited above average winter and spring rainfall, combined with warmer temperatures as likely to result in extensive grass growth, thus increasing the risk of grass fire.
The seasonal outlook has been backed up by the Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC Seasonal Outlook for Victoria, which said the state faces an above average fire season after a wet spring.
For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, October 25.