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Drought creates ‘above normal’ fire risk for Australia’s east coast

CRC warns of repeat of devastating bushfires in New South Wales and Victoria

An early start to Australia’s bushfire season in late winter could destroy “thousands of hectares” along the country’s south-east coast that were not burnt in the devastating 2019-20 fires, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre has warned.

In its seasonal bushfire report for July to September, the CRC says that “above normal fire potential” is expected for the New South Wales south coast and the East Gippsland region of Victoria.

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