Over the past year, record-breaking temperatures have been experienced across the country. More than 120 weather records were broken last summer, including the hottest summer, the hottest January, and the hottest day. 2013 is on track to become Australia’s warmest year on record. These trends, together with below-average rainfall in many parts of the country including the southeast, indicated that the coming summer fire season was likely to be a serious one. We thus made the decision in September to focus our first report on bushfires and their link to climate change. This decision was, unfortunately, borne out by the events in NSW in early October, where intense and uncontrolled fires raged across parts of the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains.