Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Dry, warm, windy - and an early start to the fire season

Only five days into spring but we have a total fire ban over much of NSW today.

We also have a severe weather warning for damaging winds.

Temperature is 27C with very low humidity, winds gusting up to 100kph.  The heavy rainfall of the past couple of years encouraged growth, but with no rain to speak of last month there's plenty of tinder-dry fuel for fires.

That combination creates the worst conditions for firefighters to face.

Sydney Morning Herald has a map showing more than fifty fires currently burning. Some are hazard burns, including a couple that have jumped containment lines, others are new fires. They stretch all along the coast and there are several in the west.

In the south near Jindabyne an old house has been destroyed and several other properties are in imminent danger.

It looks like it's going to be a long, hard, bad fire season.

Sydney Morning Herald story/map   here

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