Why the massive rain bomb hitting Australia INCREASES the risk of bushfires breaking out – as fires warn Australians to be prepared
As eastern parts of Australia prepare for more flooding this summer, recent rains put Western Australia at greater risk of wildfires.
Above-average wildfire risk is forecast for Perth and large parts of the Midwestern Gascoyne, Pilbara, South West and Great Southern regions.
According to the National Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2021, heavy rainfall in recent months has increased grass fuel in parts of WA.
Heavy rainfall has increased grass fuel in parts of WA, increasing the risk of wildfires.
Weather experts have forecast that most of Australia will be flooded by wet conditions leading to Sunday
For most of the state, daily temperatures are forecast to be above average.
“The rainfall in recent months has increased fuel loads, increasing the risk to areas with wooded vegetation such as the South West Land Division,” said Darren Klemm, WA’s Fire and Emergency Commissioner on Thursday.
“We urge the public not to be complacent about the high rainfall we’ve seen this year – everyone should be developing a wildfire plan now.”
For the rest of WA, normal fire conditions are expected with average rainfall forecasted in the far north during the wet season.
Australian meteorologists have stated that a La Nina weather event is underway, with the country’s wettest spring in 10 years continuing into summer.
La Nina is part of a cycle known as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, which involves a natural shift in ocean temperature and weather patterns in the Pacific, putting a greater risk of damaging tropical cyclones and flooding.
However, the Bureau of Meteorology says La Nina’s impact in WA will be “significantly less” than in the eastern states.
The Wooroloo bushfire in northeast Perth in February devastated nearly 11,000 acres of bushland, destroying 86 homes, livestock, barns and machinery.
Daniel Gunter Preuss, 40, has been charged with mishandling an ignition source and violating a total fire ban. His use of an angle grinder is said to have started the devastating fire.
A bushfire task force will operate seven days a week from November to April, with WA police officers patrolling hot spots.
Rewards of up to $50,000 are offered for information about arsonists.