Bushfire seasons are increasing in length and intensity
BUSHFIRE seasons are increasing in length and intensity and more firefighters will be taken away from their own communities to battle blazes elsewhere, a Climate Council report has revealed.
The report, titled The Burning Issue: Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat, found the length of the fire season increased by almost 19% globally between 1978 and 2013.
Rural Fire Service Queensland Inspector Tony Johnstone said although some volunteers in the South Burnett were called to other parts of the country, they fought more fires in their own areas.
"We had a deployment of about 80 volunteers across Queensland including the Burnett, Caloundra and Maryborough who went over to help out with the fires in Western Australia," Mr Johnstone said.
"The firefighters in Western Australia have been solid at it for nearly two weeks and we send some volunteers over to relieve the firefighters so they got a chance to spend time at home."
Mr Johnstone said although the deployments were necessary, it did take its toll on families and individuals who were taken from their community.
"It's a lot of time out of a volunteer's day they don't have," he said.
"It does put a bit of pressure on the families but they do come back with experience that helps them develop their own skills and their own brigades."
In the past 12 months, crews from the South Burnett have travelled as far as Canada, Perth and to neighbouring states for training or to assist.
The Climate Council report found that, on a global scale, seven months this year had broken their monthly temperature records and 2015 was likely to surpass 2014 as the hottest year on record.
''Already, record-breaking temperatures in October have driven an early start to the bushfire season," Climate Council Professor Lesley Hughes said.
Longer, hotter and more intense heat waves and more frequent and severe droughts were found to drive up bushfire chances.