The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: July 2020 reflects the main bushfire management priorities in each state and territory from July to September. It is particularly relevant to parts of northern Australia that have entered (or are soon to enter) their fire season – in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The Bushfire Outlook considers the impacts of recent fire seasons and the weather conditions expected in coming months. While the risk of uncontrolled bushfires is low in most areas, the fire potential remains high in some specific regions due to the long-term low rainfall. It is important to remember that areas designated as normal or below normal fire potential may still experience bushfire – normal or below normal risk does not mean there is no risk.

  • In Western Australia, rainfall from tropical cyclones has led to above normal fire conditions in parts of the Kimberley.
  • In Queensland, normal fire potential is expected, however there is a risk of grass fires due to good grass growth in some areas.
  • The fire season started early in Northern Territory, but normal fire potential is expected.
  • The south coast of NSW expects higher than normal fire potential for this time of year due to long-term dry conditions in areas that did not burn in the 2019/20 fire season.
  • All other areas can expect normal fire potential from July to September.

The Bushfire Outlook is produced quarterly to be used by fire authorities to make strategic decisions such as resource planning and prescribed fire management to reduce the negative impacts of bushfire.

See the full Bushfire Outlook by australian_seasonal_bushfire_outlook_july_2020.