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Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : A new map released by the Australian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) has revealed that this summer could potentially rival the devastating bushfires experienced during the 2019-2020 season. The map highlights massive areas across the nation that are at an increased risk of fire, with AFAC attributing this to record-breaking dry conditions during winter and a warmer than average start to spring.

The most bushfire-prone areas identified on the map include large portions of New South Wales, Queensland, and inland Northern Territory. However, every other state and territory, except for the ACT, also has regions that are under threat. Almost all of Queensland has been designated as high risk this summer, with only some areas along the coast and near the South Australian border not highlighted. Similarly, New South Wales’ coastline, northeast, and center are also in the firing line.

Major cities such as Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Hobart are either in or close to vulnerable regions. The southwest coast of Western Australia, including the Margaret River and Albany, has been found to be in jeopardy, as well as a stretch of land from west of Melbourne along the coast through Geelong almost to Portland. Additionally, a small area in Tasmania to the northwest of Hobart has become much drier than usual and could lead to a bushfire.

AFAC boss Rob Webb emphasized the importance of being prepared for the upcoming bushfire season and urged Australians to familiarize themselves with bushfire information, prepare their properties, and have emergency plans in place. While the map provides an indication of high-risk areas, AFAC cautioned that the potential for a bushfire to form and spread can vary significantly even at small scales.

It is notable that many of the areas highlighted as being at risk this summer were also heavily affected by the Black Summer bushfires three years ago. The return of mostly dry and hot weather due to the El Nino phenomenon has caused these areas to resemble kindling once again. In the previous bushfire season, about 100 bushfires burned through approximately 21.4 million hectares of land, destroying nearly 2,800 homes, claiming 34 lives, and resulting in the deaths of an estimated 3 billion animals.

The economic impact of these bushfires is also significant, with economists estimating property damage and economic losses to be around $78-88 billion. Therefore, it is crucial for communities to stay informed, prepared, and rely on official sources for advice and warnings as state and territory fire authorities closely monitor bushfire conditions throughout the summer.

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