Water shortages boost bushfire risks

Water shortages boost bushfire risks

31 August 2008

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — The likelihood of longer and harsher fire seasons will be discussed at an international bushfire research conference in Adelaide from today.

There are 1,100 delegates at the three-day conference.

An organiser, Naomi Brown, says climate change and water shortages are among the problems facing Australian firefighters.

“[Also] major problems into the future – we have numbers of volunteers decreasing, people are moving into urban interface areas, which is a lot riskier,” she said.

“So we’ve got major problems facing the industry and part of the way we focus on that is at our annual conference trying to look at things nationally.”

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