Be Prepared: Climate Change and the ACT Bushfire Threat

30.09.14 By

Residents of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have experienced the serious consequences of bushfires. in 2003 large and uncontrollable fires devastated several suburbs in Canberra, claiming five lives and destroying over 500 properties.

Australians have always lived with fire and its consequences, but climate change is increasing fire danger weather and thus the risk of fires. It is time to think very seriously about the risks that future fires will pose.

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SIX KEY FINDINGS

1. Climate change is already increasing the risk of bushfires in the ACT.

2. In the ACT the fire season is starting earlier and lasting longer.

3. Severe fires in the ACT have already been influenced by record hot, dry conditions with significant consequences for life and property.

4. In the future, the ACT is very likely to experience an increased number of days with extreme fire danger.

 

5. It is crucial that ACT communities, emergency services, and health services prepare for the increasing severity and frequency of extreme fire conditions.

6. This is the critical decade

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