SA's Bushfire Season Could Hit Earlier Than Expected

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SA's Bushfire Season Could Hit Earlier Than Expected

It's feared parts of the State are at a higher risk of bushfires this Summer because of a lack of prescribed burn-offs.

Only about half of last year's number have been carried out with Department figures showing 97 burns still need to happen this year and next, before the season starts.

We're being warned the fire danger season could hit earlier than expected thanks to a drier than average Winter.

While experts say the Riverland, Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas, and the West Coast will be on high alert sooner rather than later after low rainfall in recent months.

According to the Climate Council 'Australia had its warmest winter on record with maximum temperatures reaching nearly 2ºC above average'.

'More than 260 heat and low rainfall records were also broken during the winter months'.

'The nation experienced its second driest June on record and the driest winter since 2002'.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre’s Southern Australian bushfire outlook was released earlier this month and is predicting the season will begin earlier than usual with higher than normal activity throughout the season.

'Last year’s wet winter has provided an abundance of growth of fine fuel, which has resulted in areas of above normal fire potential'.

'However in areas where reduced rainfall has resulted in less crops being put it, there may be a decrease in the risk of fire caused by agricultural activity'.

Residents are urged to start their usual property preparations earlier than normal.

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A number of information nights are being held to help South Aussies.

For more details on how to prepare your home for an emergency check out the CFS website here

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