Monthly Archives: November 2014

Dry spring sparks bushfire outlook update

Across south eastern Australia, spring has been unseasonably dry and with the expectation of a hot and dry summer the bushfire seasonal outlook for 2014-15 has been re-examined for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

This has resulted in the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC issuing an update to the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook. View the new Outlook on the CRC’s website.

This new edition, released as Hazard Note 003, replaces the previous Outlook for these three states, published as Hazard Note 002 in September 2014.

The significant change in this Outlook is that more parts of south eastern Australia are now expected to experience above normal fire conditions.

In Victoria, the outlook as changed to a potentially major fire season.

All Victorian districts except the Mallee and East Gippsland may expect above normal fire potential. The continuation of dry conditions in all districts except East Gippsland, coupled with an increased likelihood of an earlier start to the season, has extended the above normal outlook beyond the geographic extent advised in September (see Hazard Note 002).

Longer term rainfall deficits have emerged across much of the state, including key areas along the Great Dividing Range. Critical shorter term deficits in coastal and southern Victoria coincide with areas of tall forest with no recent history of fire. Critical deficits also coincide with vulnerable areas in the Great Dividing Range where forests have been killed by fire in the past ten years.

Read the full outlook at www.bnhcrc.com.au

(source: http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news/dry-spring-sparks-bushfire-outlook-update.html)

Warnings and advice

Summer is only a couple of weeks away and, with a long, hot and dry fire season predicted, it is important that you understand the warnings and advice that may be issued by emergency services during this time.  It is up to you to stay informed.

Where to Find Warnings and Updates

  • Local News:  Local ABC, commercial and community radio and Sky News
  • Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL):  1800 240 667
  • Online:  emergency.vic.gov.au
  • Social Media:  Twitter @CFA_Updates and facebook.com/cfavic
  • Translation and Interpretation:  131 450

Understanding Warnings

  • Advice:  General information to keep you up to date with developments.
  • Watch and Act:  An emergency threatens you.  Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect your health, life and your family.
  • Emergency Warning:  You are in imminent danger and need to take action immediately.  You will be impacted by the emergency.

Click here for more information on warnings and advice, as well as advice on Community Alerting Sirens, TV and Radio Sirens and Evacuation Messages.

Do not rely on an official warning to leave. Fires can start quickly and threaten homes and lives within minutes.

To report a fire, call 000. Do not call the fire station to report a fire, as it may not be manned. Call 000 to report a fire.