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Australia fires: Why have Australia bushfires been so bad this year? What caused fires?

Tina Bell, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, told Express.co.uk: “The main reason that the fire season has started so early and has been so bad to date is because of the drought that much of the northeast of Australia has experienced over the past year or so.

“According to the Bureau of Meteorology, rainfall in October this year was the lowest on record for southern Australia.

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“Low moisture in the vegetation, which serves as fuel, makes conditions right for bushfires.

“Together with record high temperatures, again according to the Bureau of Meteorology, eucalypt trees are shedding leaves to try to decrease their water loss adding to the fuel layer on the ground.”

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