Australia’s Wildfires Rage That Drought Stricken Area But The Rain Is Not Enough
Rain in Australia could give firefighters enough of an advantage to build containment lines for smaller wildfires, but it won't be enough to make a significant, long-term impact on the flames.
"Any sort of progression that was made yesterday and today might be lost later this week again," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Andy Douty told Newsweek.
Wildfires that have been raging for months claimed thousands of homes and nearly 30 lives since September, and have sparked an international call for help. In 2019, Australia's hot temperatures and prolonged drought conditions broke records and with months left of the summer season, officials warned fires could continue for weeks.
On Monday, parts of the country saw rain and cooler temperatures, bringing some relief to firefighting efforts, but Douty said he was confident that it "definitely" wouldn't be enough to put the flames out. For there to be a long term impact on firefighting efforts, Australia needs multiple "good, soaking rainfalls" that will extinguish the flames and restore moisture to the dry soil.
"I don't think there's any sort of magic number [of inches of rainfall] to put out the fires," Douty said. "It takes time to recover from something like this ... You don't just get one heavy rain and it's gone."
Rainfall between January and August 2019 was the lowest on record in areas of Queensland, New South Wales (NSW), South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in Australia. This caused the root-zone soil moisture—the water available to plants—in parts of every Australian state to be below average and even the lowest on record in some areas.
With insufficient water drying out vegetation, effectively creating timber to fuel the flames, the BOM reported Australia was "primed" for dangerous wildfires. The Sanitation Industry Embraced Innovation There Drivers Never Leave The Truck
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