Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Fire Risk Could Extend

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Fire Risk Could Extend

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Byline: Sherele Moody APN Newsdesk

THE Fraser Coast must prepare to weather an extended bushfire season as a perfect storm of events take hold.

The high fire danger period is on the verge of extending well into the New Year as low rainfall, soaring temperatures, drying vegetation, debris from Tropical Cyclone Marcia and the strengthening El Nino take their toll.

The Rural Fire Service Queensland and the Bureau of Meteorology say conflicting weather patterns in the Pacific and Indian oceans could have a major impact across our region.

There are fears the three-month bushfire season will balloon beyond November 30, possibly to the end of January.

"There is a reasonable chance that the fire season may extend because of the quite strong El Nino conditions which brings a lack of rain and higher temperatures," RFSQ Acting Assistant Commissioner Peter Varley said.

He warned Fraser Coast residents to brace themselves for the worst. …

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