This year forest fires have been rare.Some early spring rains have helped to lower risk. Nevertheless, as this photograph shows, fuel buid up in poorly managed (unmanaged) pine plantations do make some severe fires inevitable if ignition occurs. By April the highlands have experienced three months without any meaningful rainfall, and temperatures are now above 20°C for most of the day. Strong winds are not common, many days are virtually windless. Windspeeds of over 6m/second do occur at least twice a month.