Bushfire briefing update Media Release

Nov 07, 2007 - 10:05am

Fire-fighters in South Australia recently attended briefings by the Climate Institute   on the CSIRO, bushfire CRC and Australian Bureau of Meteorology reports on trends in bushfire weather in South East Australia.

There are more than 17,000 country fire fighters in South Australia at the forefront of climate change issues in the State who  know first hand about the devastating impacts of temperature changes.

Fire fighters in Queensland have also been briefed on the data which is the most comprehensive and up-to date report undertaken in Australia on fire weather risk.

It shows:

  1. In South Australia, total annual fire weather (daily FFDI values accumulated from July to June each year) is projected to increase by 1-8% by 2020 and 2-25% by 2050.
  2. In Adelaide, if the rate of global warming is low, the number of extreme days increases 18-26% by 2020 and 23-32% by 2050. If the rate of global warming is high, the number of extreme days rises 29-55% by 2020 and 103-243% (around double to triple) by 2050.
  3. In Queensland, total annual fire weather (daily FFDI values accumulated from July to June each year) is projected to increase by 0-7% by 2020 and 2-24% by 2050.
  4. At Amberley, if the rate of global warming is low, the number of extreme days increases around 12% by 2020 and 22-24% by 2050. If the rate of global warming is high, the number of extreme days rises 32-42% by 2020 and 124-142% (around double) by 2050

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