Project: Future Fires

Overnight fire weather conditions in NSW during Black Summer

It is not just daytime conditions that drive fire risk. Anecdotally, the Black Summer fires were characterised by intense fire behaviour during the evening, a time that fire-fighters usually rely on to get the upper hand. However, there has yet to be a careful analysis using high time-resolution weather data. This project is investigating the frequency of windows of high fire danger overnight during the season. Project findings will inform future fire management approaches.

Project timeline: 01/2023 – 12/2024

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