Bushfire outlook

Prepare. The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is urging locals to prepare for another bushfire season following the release of the Southern Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook.

The outlook, released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, says Tasmania will experience ‘normal fire potential’.

The outlook is developed in collaboration with all fire services in Australia and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

A normal bushfire season for Tasmania does not mean low risk. Normal fire seasons have bushfires that risk damage to life and property.

Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Chris Arnol said the seasonal outlook highlights the fact that a normal season in Tasmania will mean bushfires and urges the community to be prepared.

“We must never forget that we live in one of the most bushfire prone regions in the world and the nature of Tasmania’s environment means that we will still get bushfires and have a number of total fire ban days.

“A normal season does not mean low risk and the Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania are all gearing up and preparing for the season. Bushfire readiness is a [shared] responsibility and property owners should now be working on preparing their own properties.”

A number of factors are taken into account when modelling bushfire risk; including soil dryness, fuel types and fuel loads.

TFS and partner agencies will continue to monitor conditions and review the outlook towards the end of spring.

For information about preparing your property visit www.fire.tas.gov.au.

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