“Following on from a wet winter across large parts of southern Australia (the second wettest winter on record for the country), September saw further rainfall, with more records broken in parts of central and western New South Wales, western Victoria, eastern South Australia and western Queensland. With this in mind, the bushfire seasonal outlook has been re-examined.
Further rainfall is expected to be average to below average in most areas, and when this is coupled with summer temperatures that are forecast to be average to above average, more areas are now expected to experience above normal fire conditions. This increase in fire potential is predominantly in grassland areas of Victoria and New South Wales, with above average rainfall leading to ideal growing conditions. As temperatures warm, this grass will dry, increasing the risk. ”
For more information, please see the Bushfire CRC web page.
Have you begun your preparations for this fire season?
The new app replaces FireReady and brings together emergency information and warnings from all Victoria’s emergency services, including CFA, MFB, SES, Life Saving Victoria, Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Victorian communities can now access all our emergency information and warnings through the one, centralised location. The new app can be accessed on most mobile phones and tablets, and similar to FireReady it provides targeted warnings and notifications for specific locations which are called ‘watch zones’. Users can create up to 20 watch zones that are tailored to areas relevant for them.
To update FireReady to VicEmergency please visit you app store on your device, and follow the prompts to update the app. New users will be able to download the VicEmergency app from the App Store or Google Play.
The VicEmergency app brings together emergency information and warnings from agencies including:
- Country Fire Authority
- Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Life Saving Victoria
- Metropolitan Fire Brigade
- Victoria State Emergency Service.
We also need to remind residents to always use more than one source of information and warnings this summer. This can include visiting the VicEmergency website, tuning into ABC local radio, calling the new VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226), or following CFA or VicEmergency on Facebook or Twitter.
For more information visit emergency.vic.gov.au