Firefighters are already scrambling to prepare for New South Wales bushfire season as six areas are wary.
The Armidale Regional, Walcha, Uralla, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, and Tenterfield local government areas are preparing to start fires in the coming weeks after they have had excessive grass due to massive rains.
The authorities expect the grass to dry out in the coming weeks due to warmer weather, making it the perfect conditions to start the fire.
Last year, Tenterfield was one of the hardest hit areas during the past forest fire season, where 5.5 million acres of NSW land and 2,476 homes, 284 amenities, and 5,559 outbuildings were destroyed.
Twenty-six people died during the NSW forest fire crisis.
Peter Petty, Mayor of Tenterfield Shire, said the region had no choice but to prepare for what will be the 2020 bushfire season.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has announced that six parts of the state will begin their Bushfire Danger period on August 1 (pictured, a burning fire at Tenterfield on September 7, 2019)
These are the local administrative areas of Armidale Regional, Walcha, Uralla, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell and Tenterfield (photo, a forest fire on the New England Highway)
“We don’t want a new year like 2019,” he said Sydney Morning Herald.
“If we haven’t learned anything from 2019, we don’t deserve to be on Earth.”
In the New South Wales bushfire season, exhausted firefighters saw fires that spread across the state in an unprecedented state, Shane Fitzsimmons said.
The former NSW National Fire Service Commissioner described the 2019-2020 forest fires as extraordinary and unprecedented in terms of weather, fire behavior, and widespread damage, destruction, and tragedy.
Former Commissioner’s replacement, Rob Rogers, warned those in the six local government areas who started their Bushfire Danger Period to be wary.
Commissioner Rogers said: “Although an early fire season is not uncommon in these areas, increased grass growth due to recent rain could be problematic in the coming weeks and months
Landowners and firefighters report increased grass growth, especially west of the gap. Once dry or cured, this will create an unwanted threat from grass fires.
Drought in areas such as Tenterfield (pictured) meant that farmers have cut some of their stock so it’s not animals to eat the excess grass
Residents watch as their homes in Lake Tabourie, NSW, are threatened by fires on January 4
“Grass fires can be particularly dangerous because they start quickly and spread quickly, destroying not only homes and livestock, but also life and livelihoods.”
Commissioner Rogers said the 2019-2020 bushfire season was unprecedented in terms of lives and lost homes.
“We cannot be complacent this season because we think we will no longer see any firing activity,” said Commissioner Rogers.
Forest and grass fires can strike at any time and it is critical to be prepared.
This means doing simple things like cleaning your gutters, removing flammables from your yard, making sure hoses can reach all corners of your property, and completing or updating your forest fire survival plan so that you and your family know what to do in the event of a forest fire. ‘
Commissioner Rogers said the 2019-2020 bushfire season was unprecedented in terms of lives and lost homes (pictured: firefighters fight fire near Lake Tabourie)
He also encouraged households to update their forest fire survival plan to make sure everyone in the family knows what to do when a fire threatens their home.
Commissioner Rogers said it can save lives.
RFS inspector Ben Shepherd told Daily Mail Australia that similar areas started their bushfire season around this time last year.
But he emphasized that there were fewer areas than in 2019 and that fires in these areas are not uncommon due to dry grasslands.
“In these areas, grass growth has increased as a result of recent rains and they are not currently dry, but they pose a risk because of the hot and windy weather forecast for the coming weeks and months,” said Inspector Shepherd.
RFS inspector Ben Shepherd told Daily Mail Australia that similar areas started fires around this time last year (photo, fires on the New England Highway)
He said the local bushfire management teams have now announced the start of the season so that landowners should warn them when they are burning on their property.
Many of the communities are only just starting to find their feet after the devastation of the 2019-2020 bushfire season.
“It is unlikely that we will have a season as devastating as last year, but we are monitoring the situation closely,” said Inspector Shepherd.
He said that rain has caused significant grass growth, but as a result of the horrific drought that ravaged Australia during the bushfire season last year, many farmers have reduced their livestock production.
This means that there are few animals to eat the grass.
He said this and the forecasted weather “will pose a risk,” but Australia and the rural fire service are in a “better position” to fight the fire.
RFS inspector Ben Shepherd told Daily Mail Australia that similar areas started their bushfire season around this time last year (Photo: RFS volunteers are fighting the fire between Ulladulla and Bateman’s Bay)