Our firefighters, emergency services and communities need to prepare for much greater bushfire risk from climate change. Victorian communities will be among the most affected. The Climate Council’s latest report looks at what this means for the state.
FIVE KEY FINDINGS
- Climate change is increasing the risk of bushfires in Victoria and lengthening the fire season.
- Victoria is the state most affected by bushfires and is on the frontline of increasing bushfire risk.
- Recent severe fires in Victoria have been influenced by record hot, dry conditions.
- In Victoria the economic cost of bushfires, including loss of life, livelihoods, property damage and emergency services responses, is very high.
- In the future, Victoria is very likely to experience an increased number of days with extreme fire danger. Communities, emergency services and health services across Victoria must prepare.