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The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) is warning that large spring bushfires and predictions of a hot, dry summer are sending a strong reminder to households in fire zones to prepare for a higher risk this bushfire season.

The ICA said Australia is moving towards hotter spring and summer weather, and recent bushfires were evidence of the high fire risk.

“The Bureau of Meteorology is warning the chances of bushfires this spring and summer are much higher than the previous couple of years,” said ICA CEO Rob Whelan.

“The very wet weather Australia experienced over the past two years has created optimal conditions for the growth of grasslands, providing potential fires with an abundant fuel source and means there will be a high fire risk from now until March.

“The seasonal outlook also points to higher-than-average temperatures for much of Australia.”

Whelan said the east coast of Australia had already experienced some significant bushfires that threatened homes and businesses, including the NSW Central Coast, and Queensland’s Darling Downs and Atherton Tablelands.

Bushfires have also affected Western Australia and the Country Fire Service in South Australia has announced total fire bans in parts of the state.

“This is just the start of the traditional fire season and it is clear the bushfire threat is very real,” said Whelan.

“Householders in areas at risk of bushfires should take steps to prepare now. They should make sure their properties are physically prepared, and this should also serve as a reminder to review insurance needs.”

Managing Risks of Bushfires


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Last changed: Jan 09 2013 at 12:51 PM

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