2016–17 Australian bushfire season

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The 2016-17 Australian Bushfire Season saw a very wet start with the 5th wettest December[1] on record being 76% above the average rainfall for the month.across much of the country. This caused a significant surge in vegetation growth leading into the fire danger period.

2016–17 Australian bushfire season
LocationAustralia
Statistics
Date(s)Winter (June) 2016 – Autumn (May) 2017
Season

Significant Fires[edit]

State Start date Deaths Injuries Res. houses lost Other structures lost Area (ha) Local govt. Impacted communities Duration Ref.
NSW 11 February 2017 35 52,000+ ha Warrumbungle Uarbry 3 days [2]
NSW 17 February 2017 0 0 11 destroyed; 12 damaged. 3,500 ha Carwoola, Captains Flat 2 days [3]
WA 26 January 2017 0 0 0 2 Capel Gwindinup Argyle
WA 21 December 2016 2,000 ha Gingin Dandaragen Mimegarra

Cataby

Regans Ford

Red Gully

NSW 6,500 Port Stephens Port Stephens [4]
VIC 5 Jan 2017 150 Kellalac [5]
VIC 24 Dec 2016 150 Bridgewater
ACT 24 Jan 2017 2,450 Tarago [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia in December 2016". www.bom.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  2. ^ "35 homes razed in NSW blazes: RFS". SBS News. SBS. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ Le Lievre, Kimberley; Groch, Sherryn; Brown, Andrew (18 February 2017). "Police investigate blaze near Queanbeyan as fire crews battle on". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Crews battle bushfires at Hunter's Port Stephens, Cessnock". ABC New. 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  5. ^ Media, CFA. "Grassfire in Kellalac - CFA". CFA. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  6. ^ Cootes, Georgina Mitchell, Charli Shield, Isobel (2017-01-29). "One home destroyed in Currandooley bushfire". The Wimmera Mail-Times. Retrieved 2017-01-29.