A combination of hot, dry weather and increased rainfall brought on by La Nina is good reminder to be extra cautious coming into this fire season says MIA RFS District Officer Scott Connor.
La Nina is part of a cycle known as the El Nino-southern oscillation, involving a natural shift in ocean temperatures and weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean, bringing high levels of rain, floods and cyclones.
It is expected to last until at least the end of January 2022, with fire season wrapping up on March 31st.
According to Mr Connor, La Nina will affect the upcoming bushfire season in two ways.
"It will reduce the risk of a fire starting and taking hold but it will also add to the fuel level that we have got through increased growth," Mr Connor said.
"So couple lots of rain with a few warms days and just one ignition point and you have a fire starting.
"La Nina will only add to the fuel load so people need to ensure they are not being complacent."
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Mr Connor told The Irrigator that 'constant and consistent' preparation were key to keeping yourself and your property safe from fires.
"You need to remember to mow, clean up leaves, trimmings, gutters and more around your property and do this constantly," Mr Connor said.
"Our main area of concern within the MIA are for those people who live or have properties that back onto any grassland, farmland or bushland which places them more at risk."
If you see a fire please ring 000 immediately.
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