Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers described yesterday’s conditions as a “pause” before higher temperatures and increasing winds were forecast for Sunday.
“It’s just calmed down a little bit, and obviously, we’re bracing ourselves for these worsening conditions,” Rogers told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.
“What we have is a time for the crews to anticipate the weather coming ahead and try and get as much containment as possible and prevent fire threatening major population centers when we get worse weather,” he said.
Wildfires are common in Australia, though they don’t tend to pop up in large numbers until the summer. This year’s unusually dry winter and hotter than average spring have led to perfect fire conditions.