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Discussion: Fire danger

in: jennycas; jennycas > 2024-03-08

Mar 9, 2024 9:56 AM # 
Only way you'll get catastrophic fire danger is if there is significant wind - heat isn't enough on its own. I was a little surprised there wasn't a fire ban today though as the fire danger rating was extreme (just).

While in Australia we tend to associate high fire danger with extreme heat, it's actually wind and low humidity which are more important - in Australia those are usually associated with heat but that isn't the case in many other parts of the world. (Texas has just had the largest fire in its recorded history, in winter).
Mar 9, 2024 9:34 PM # 
Turned out that a late fire ban was declared for the Murraylands for Sat, but even that doesn't cause national parks to close automatically, only Forestry lands. Today though, despite a basically identical forecast, the only fire bans declared are for Eyre Peninsula and the West Coast - I bet if you went up to Mt Crawford Forest this morning, the gates would still be locked from yesterday...
Mar 10, 2024 1:00 AM # 
Very hot 39 in Elliston and windy.
Mar 10, 2024 10:00 AM # 
As mentioned many times, it was wind rather than heat that caused the Vic MTBO champs to be cancelled in 2018 on both Saturday and Sunday. They were the only two extreme fire days for the whole month of March from memory.
Mar 10, 2024 11:42 PM # 
March 28, 2004 :(

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