Spring wet could save us this year
LA NINA is back and she's intent on turning what was shaping up as being a disastrous fire season into something much more polite.
Good rain through winter has dramatically reduced the danger for the Ipswich region as we move into the fire season, and the likelihood of a return to La Nina conditions in spring should keep the overall wild fire threat to a minimum.
Rural Fire Service Queensland area director Corey Bock said there were fears, back in May when it was bone dry, that Ipswich was headed for a disastrous season.
Mr Bock said that La Nina was no reason for complacency, and Ipswich residents were still being urged to prepare for the worst.
"We've had some good rainfall and the weather bureau says we are looking at a La Nina, which would mean above-average rainfall," Mr Bock said.
"At the moment we are sitting in a neutral phase, but that is not to say we won't get anything this season.
"We still want people to prepare their properties and do all the normal pre-season activities because we could still get that big weekend of fires.
"Obviously, we are preparing as we always would with all our brigades."
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service had its Air Operations Unit conducting a large exercise at Ripley yesterday.
Ipswich residents would have seen a number of aircraft conducting fly-overs, giving crews the chance to test their capabilities and skills in readiness for what could still be a busy bushfire season.
Water bombing aircraft conducted regular 'bombing' on a hazard reduction burn conducted by Ripley Valley Rural Fire Brigade.