NATION

Prolonged Dry Spell Can Lead To Wild Fires

The El Nino phenomenon occurs every two to seven years or four years on average People are advised to avoid open fires and not to leave fires unattended during this
14 Oct 2015 10:30
Prolonged Dry Spell Can Lead To Wild Fires
‘Ninety per cent of Fiji in drought due to El Nino effect’.

The El Nino phenomenon occurs every two to seven years or four years on average

People are advised to avoid open fires and not to leave fires unattended during this prolonged dry season.

The current El Nino conditions remains in Fiji with it likely to strengthen by the end of year.

Fiji Metrological Service director Ravind Kumar said: “El Nino conditions are very likely to continue through to the early part of 2016.

“The current event is expected to further strengthen and peak later in 2015.”

He said each event had typical characteristics, but each was unique in its actual time of onset, rate of development and intensity.

“Fiji typically experiences drier than normal conditions during an El Niño event, which can lead to meteorological drought, especially during moderate to strong event,” Mr Kumar said.

“Prolonged dry conditions are often associated with wild fires; water stressed crops, very-low stream flows and dried up water sources.”

The El Nino phenomenon occurs every two to seven years or four years on average.

It is caused by warmer ocean water in the Central to Eastern Pacific.

“This water is warmer because as trade winds lessen or reverse their direction, winds from the West push warm surface water to the East towards the South American coast.

“Therefore, there is less cold water pulled up from below as a result of this increase in warmer water at the surface.

“In essence, an El Nino is caused by the interaction between the surface layers of the tropical Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere over the tropical Pacific Ocean.”

With low humidity and gusty winds, the risk of fires spreading quickly is very high to extreme.

People are advised not to leave fires unattended and store water in close range.

“Since El Nino events are usually associated with drier than normal conditions, people must conserve water, use grey waters for watering their flower gardens and backyard vegetables. Farmers should maintain trash on their field r to retain moisture on the farm rather than burning them.”

Feedbackfarisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: