"A BEAUTIFUL thing" is how The Rural Fire Service's Canobolas zone operations coordinator Brett Bowden described forecasts for a wetter than average spring and summer for south eastern Australia.
Mr Bowden was commenting on the Bureau of Meteorology's predictions of a wetter October-December period with cooler days tempered by warmer nights.
The conditions are expected to trend down into January and February but BOM meteorologist Hugh McDowell said there was still a strong chance those months would be wetter than average.
Mr Bowden said any long-range forecast predicting milder conditions into the summer was welcome when compared to last year's catastrophic season which had most of the east coast burning.
"I think the long-term outlook is certainly more encouraging than it has been in the past," Mr Bowden said on Tuesday.
I think the long-term outlook is certainly more encouraging than it has been in the pastRFS operations coordinator Brett Bowden
In the season leading up to that (2018), the Canobolas RFS battled for four days to contain a fire on Mountain which started on February 10.
Smoke in the air from the Gospers Mountain fire marked Canowindra's 2020, that fire burned for 79 days aided by sweltering temperatures and winds and while this year's forecast means the RFS will hopefully be spared those conditions, Mr Bowden did have a warning.
"A wet winter and a wet spring makes things grow so there is more fuel around"