CFA: Victorian fire danger starts early due to warmer, drier conditions

A fire at Mildura’s Bob Corbould Wetlands this week came just days ahead of the Fire Danger Period for north west Victoria. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

A fire at Mildura’s Bob Corbould Wetlands this week came just days ahead of the Fire Danger Period for north west Victoria. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

VICTORIA’S fire season will start earlier than usual and be more active than normal due to warmer and drier conditions, according to the Country Fire Authority.

Fire restrictions announced for parts of the state’s north west, including Mildura Rural City Council, begin at 1am this Monday – the earliest date the Fire Danger Period (FDP) has been introduced since at least 1995, and at least two or three weeks earlier than usual.

CFA District 18 operations manager John Breaks said low winter rainfall across the north west meant grass and bush were dry and the fire potential was further increased by Bureau of Meteorology forecasts that the next three months would be drier and warmer than average.

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