Rainfall has also been below average in the eastern and northern parts of Queensland

An extremely dry winter has prompted authorities in New South Wales to bring forward the start of the bushfire season for much of the state.

As worsening drought conditions across NSW continue to put a strain on farmers, a long stretch of below average rainfall has the state’s rural fire service looking nervously towards the coming summer.

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