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Outreach » Fire risk briefing - Brisbane, 16 November 2012

Fire risk briefing - Brisbane, 16 November 2012

Last modified by Peter Scarth on 2012/11/23 16:41

Fire risk briefing - Brisbane, 16 November 2012

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The attached documents provide some useful background to understand the parameters that the fire agencies consider when assessing fire risk on a regional, seasonal scale. They are reports from the Seasonal Bushfire Assessment Workshops that for a few years now have been held annually in pairs, one addressing northern Australian and one Southern Australia. I was involved in the first few southern workshops when they were held at the Bureau in Melbourne.


The two smaller documents are the reports from the northern and sourthern workshops this year. In early years longer reports were produced, and the larger 'SBAW 08 full report.pdf' is an example. In this 2008 report, the parameters considered included:

- Recent rainfall, on a seasonal scale
- Seasonal forecasts of rainfall and temperature
- NDVI and the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI)
- Fuel loads (grass growth)
- Recent curing, and anticipated timing of curing
- Fire locations for validation of the previous season's fire risk assessment

The parameters are often presented as anomalies (departures from the long-term mean).

See particularly Appendix 2's tables on fuel and dryness conditions for each state.

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