Early southern bushfire season expected

The bushfire season in southern Australia is this year expected to commence earlier than usual and be more active than normal due to warmer and drier than average climate conditions.

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook released on Thursday, which covers most of the country excluding the Northern Territory, showed risk is particularly high in NSW, where there has already been 100 blazes this year.

NSW Rural Fire Service communications director Anthony Clark told reporters the risk was higher than usual for a large and heavily populated part of the state from the Queensland border down to the Victorian border, potentially threatening “literally millions of people”.

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