Editorial - Nov 21: Bushfire threat worsens over the years

UNDER the blast of summer's first heatwave came serious fire warnings that the bush is tinder dry having missed average winter rainfall.

The bushfire risk is often regarded as minimal across Coffs Harbour, but the coast's hinterland faces danger, as the fires of August and September last year showed.

As firefighters in the west battled severe blazes this week, research emerged to show the bushfire season is lengthening under climate change.

The Burning Issue: Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat was used by unions to call on urgent action at State and Federal levels to better equip firefighters.

The report found fire seasons have become almost 19% longer in 25 years.

Yesterday, as the city sweltered through the hottest day of the year, it was interesting reading weather records since 1951.

Coffs Harbour recorded a 42-degree day on November 15 last year, making you wonder if the hottest official daytime temperature on record (that we could find for Coffs Harbour), 43.3 on November 19, 1968, and January 12, 2002, may soon stand in the shade.

Matt Deans
Editor



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