Decent spring rainfall across the state could have pushed back the onset of the dangerous fire period for Tasmania, according to the Emergency Management Minister.
But the upcoming fire season is unlikely to be as dangerous – although Emergency Management Minister Mark Shelton said it was no reason to become complacent.
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He said “significant rains” since the end of winter had “dampened grass down” and could delay the fire season.
“At this stage the chief officer has advised that the fire season for this summer is going to be recognised as a normal fire season,” Mr Shelton said.
Acting district officer for air operations, Matt Lowe, said the rainfall and improved preparations throughout the year had put fire services in a strong position ahead of the summer.
“[It] should be a later onset to the fire season, so we’ve got plenty of time to prepare, so it looks promising at this stage,” he said.
“With that ‘wave of attack’ mantra, hopefully we can get on those fires early and they won’t cause issues.”
The state also has five additional firefighting aircraft and a stronger ability to monitor fires in wilderness areas, with a focus on attacking them rapidly and repeatedly to avoid issues encountered during the last serious wilderness fire season, caused by dry lightning strikes.