AFAC, the National Council for fire and emergency services, has released its Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for Summer 2023 (External link).  

The Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for Summer 2023 serves as a reminder to prepare for bushfire and monitor local conditions. 

Australia has experienced record-breaking dry conditions and warmer than average temperatures during early spring, with hot and dry conditions expected to persist into the new year for many locations.

Abundant vegetation growth supported by previous La Niña rainfall will continue to dry throughout summer, increasing the flammability of fuel loads. This includes some areas burnt during 2019-20 season.

These factors are driving increased risk of fire for large areas of Queensland, NSW, and NT, as well as locations in Tasmania, Victoria, SA and WA.

Fire potential can vary greatly, even at the smaller scale, between bordering states and territories. Each state and territory’s assessment takes into account different land use types and vegetation types. This is influenced by different forecasts for temperature and rainfall over these regions.

Stay informed and prepared, and check official sources for advice and warnings (External link).