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Australia: El Nino could see increased fire danger periods in Queensland


Australia's Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre said Queensland could face one of its worst bushfire seasons in five years, ABC Online reported.

The center said there is a 50% chance of El Nino weather patterns starting in September that could increase fire incidents and extend the fire season. At present, more than 60% of the state is suffering from a drought. During the 2009 El Nino weather event, there were 16,000 vegetation fires.

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