Rain does little to ease bushfire threat

Rain does little to ease bushfire threat

18 January 2006

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — Firefighters say the recent rainfall will only ease the bushfire threat in the ACT for a few days.

Authorities have been warning of a dangerous fire season this summer.

ACT Rural Fire Service deputy chief officer John Fisher says the rain in the last few days will not encourage more grass growth, nor will it ease the bushfire danger for long.

“Grasses in the ACT at this time of year are approaching 100 per cent curing, which means that they really don’t retain moisture,” he said.

“While there’ll be some additional soil moisture that will not really reduce the fire danger for the rest of the season, we would expect probably three or four days of relief.

“It’s quite traditional to get that large dump of rain in January and then become hot through February and into March.

“So we’re really expecting a continued higher danger indices for grassfire fuels in the ACT right through until probably intoMarch.”


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