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

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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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