Unusually dry soil index points to high-risk fire season

By Rob Koch
Community Emergency Services Manager (left)

A DRY winter means that parts of our shire are now already as dry as last summer as we approach what is expected to be a high-risk fire season.

Low rainfall and the onset of warmer weather means conditions will continue to become even drier at a faster rate than is normal at this time of the year.

This assessment is measured by a ‘soil dryness index’ which correlates to the flammability of vegetation.

Less moisture in the ground means the vegetation above will burn faster and more intensely.

That’s why it is essential for everyone in the shire to comply with the prohibited burning period that will apply from Sunday November 1, and current burning restrictions which began at the start of this month.

Read more