Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fire Seasons in Australia

I should preface this by saying that I believe that Climate Change is certainly worth taking on board and the Science (albeit still with some scientific naysayers) is telling us we should be doing something about it. So let us understand what we Humans are doing to our Planet.

However, the bushfires being blamed on Climate Change is to a very large degree a nonsense. We have had some very good wet seasons over the last few years particularly on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Reservoirs around Sydney and Brisbane are clear evidence of the large rainfalls experienced.

Therefore the increased availability of fuel for bushfires seems a fairly logical outcome of these wet seasons and no amount of off-season burnoff can beat the early heatwaves that come from time to time. From the day of the early settlers we have been writing about the extremes of this country, none more poignant than Dorothea MacKellar's "My Country".

A quick review of history (and I only went back to 1938 - 1939) we have had years of shocking Bushfires brought on by early heatwaves. In 1938 in NSW fires were devastating as were the Fires In South Australia and Victoria in the January of 1939 - Black Friday. In my own memory 1955/1956 were similar and without documenting each and every year that this has occurred at regular intervals right up to date. Need I remind anyone of Ash Wednesday (it was early that year)

The "earlyish" start to the season in NSW should send the alarm bells to WA, SA and Victoria to be ready for the coming Summer months. The map below highlights very clearly the Bushfire Seasons in Australia.

My heartfelt prayers and concern go out to anyone affected by Bushfire and my absolute respect to the brave firefighters who battle to save property and life.

All I can say Australia is BE PREPARED and ensure that fire emergency plans are in place all of the time.

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