New satellite imaging systems and scientific ground-cover algorithms provide increasingly accurate assessments for bushfire or wildfire threats.
Whilst fire-fighting authorities have access to all of these resources, the public also has access to many of these new tools too.
Farmers, pastoralists, forestry workers, national parks & wildlife and council personnel will find this information extremely useful in the coming bushfire season.
It is a pity that updated images of the above type can only be accessed by registered researchers after an approval process.
The above image can be accessed by the public through the Bureau of Meteorology website. Clearly we can expect higher than average temperatures over Christmas 2016 and into the New Year of 2017. As an example, anyone living in locations above the 70% category may decide to clear their properties of excessive fuel loads such as dead trees, clean roof gutters, remove flammable material and cut long grass to reduce their bushfire risks.
Unlike the earlier Australia-wide grassland curing map, the Victorian map can be accessed by the public from the Victorian Country Fire Authority [CFA] website. When accessing this map, ensure that you have the latest map ~ the instructions checklist can be found on the website.
For Western Australians, this map provides up to date information on the danger of forest fires. Anyone planning a trip or camping holiday would find this information useful.
If you find this information and the links useful, then please save them into your internet browser favourites folder ~ you never know when you will need them.