South Coast bushfire risk is higher than normal for July: Report

The NSW South Coast has a higher than normal bushfire risk this July, according to a new report. Image: Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre
The NSW South Coast has a higher than normal bushfire risk this July, according to a new report. Image: Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre

A new report has stated the bushfire risk on the South Coast this month is higher than normal for this time of year.

The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: July 2020, released on Friday, reflects the main bushfire management priorities in each state and territory from July to September.

One of the key components identified in the report is that the NSW South Coast should expect "higher than normal fire potential for this time of year".

This is due to long-term dry conditions in areas that did not burn in the devastating 2019/20 fire season.

"Due to ongoing dry conditions and a reduced chance of above median rainfall, above normal fire potential is expected for the South Coast for this time of year in areas unburnt after last seasons fires," the report states.

"However, should a significant rain event, which has been forecast for mid-July, affect the South Coast, this is likely to decrease the fire potential for the outlook period."

The report also states long-term rainfall deficiencies remained across the state.

"In particular, dry sub soil conditions on the Northern Ranges, Far North Coast and South Coast are of concern," it reads.

The report was released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC), which is conducting research to build a disaster-resilient Australia and is funded by the federal government.

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