Scion’s Rural Fire Research team has again begun producing weekly fire danger forecasts for airing on TVNZ’s 1News. The first forecasts aired last Friday and Saturday night (11th & 12th January) as part of the 1News weather bulletin, featuring just before 7pm.
The weekly forecasts are part of Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s “Check it’s alright before you light” campaign. They cover the expected weather and fire danger conditions for the weekend and into the following week, including information on the fire season status in different parts of the country and key fire prevention messages for the public.
The forecasts are based on weather and fire danger predictions from several sources (including NIWA and MetService), and are released on a Friday morning to TVNZ presenters and rural fire managers, as well as posted on the Scion fire research website. The full 1News at Six episodes featuring the fire danger forecasts each Friday and Saturday night may still be available at TVNZ OnDemand.
The January seasonal fire climate outlooks also produced by the Scion Fire Research team are also now available. These include the outlook for the next three months for each of the North & South Islands, as well as graphs tracking fire danger trends at weather stations in different regions of the country.