According to the Bureau of Meteorology, while bushfires can happen at any time of the year in Australia, the dry summer months are the most dangerous time for southern Australia, while northern Australia is at risk during winter.
When the grass dries out, this brings an increased risk of fast-moving grass fires. According to ACT Emergency Services Agency’s website, when the weather is hot and dry, there is more likelihood for a bushfire to start and spread fast. Most bushfires begin in the afternoon, usually the hottest and driest part of the day.
It is crucial to understand bushfires and to prepare with a bushfire safety plan just in case one does strike, to protect yourself, your family and your property. You may not be able to think clearly in such an emergency, so discuss this plan with your household, have this written up and kept in a designated place in the home to access when needed.