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Scenic Rim, Ipswich at increased risk for fires: Report

Scenic Rim and Ipswich are forecast to have an above average fire risk this season even though the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a wetter than average spring.

This is according to the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: September 2020, which covers all states and territories through to November.

The upcoming fire season, the report states, will be driven by different climate drivers than the previous two fire seasons. 

“With a La Niña alert now active, large areas of eastern and northern Australia are expecting wetter than average conditions through spring. 

“Despite the wetter climate signals, parts of Queensland face above normal fire potential in the south east and central coast, extending to the north.

“While these wetter conditions in eastern Australia will help in the short-term, they may lead to an increase in the risk of fast running fires in grasslands and cropping areas over summer.” 

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said people should now be preparing to protect their family and property against bushfires.

“All levels of government are working together to prepare for the risk of bushfires and reduce their impact on communities when they occur,” Minister Littleproud said.

“While we can work with authorities to properly prepare, it’s also critical families, households and individuals do what they can to prepare themselves.

“Talk to your neighbours, ask them about their evacuation plan and let them know about your plan.

“People wanting more information on how to plan and prepare, should contact their local fire service.”