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Submission to the Independent Inquiry into the Wooroloo bushfire

Submission to the Independent Inquiry into the Wooroloo bushfire September 2021 The Bushfire FrontWe are an independent organisation comprising experienced bushfire scientists, and specialists in bushfire prevention and operations. Our members have spent entire careers actively involved in fire management.Our mission is…

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Rumble in the Jungle at Karagullen

  This grasstree is near Karagullen, WA. Careful chemistry and histology confirm that the dark marks (lapachol) show past fires, and the faint brown marks in between (tannin) are annual growth marks. Given a constant growth rate for these plants, it can…

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The 2020 Bushfire Royal Commission

  This post is a summary of an article published in the journal Quadrant by Bushfire Front Chairman Roger Underwood. The full article can be seen at :https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2020/11/the-flaming-idiocy-of-yet-another-bushfire-panel/ The Royal Commission into the 2019/20 bushfire disasters is a disaster itself. The TOR…

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The Truth About Fuel Reduction Burning

In the aftermath of the disastrous 2019/2020 fire season in the Eastern States there have been many examples in the media of personnel associated with State fire suppression agencies, as well as academics, putting forward their theories concerning the role of fuel…

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Outback Bushfire Problems

  While public attention and the focus of the 2020 Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements will naturally relate to the recent summer fires and fire crises in Qld, NSW. Vic and SA, it is important to also consider the other…

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Effectiveness of Prescribed Burning

  Example of effectiveness of a prescribed burning programme in controlling major forest fires—the 2005 Perth Hills fire by Rick Sneeuwjagt An outstanding example of the contribution of fuel reduction burning in the control of a fierce forest wildfire was on the 15-25…

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What Firefighters Say

  Ask any fire-fighter : prescribed burning mitigates bushfire losses There has been a lot of comment in the media lately from Eastern States academics claiming that prescribed burning (also known as fuel reduction burning) is of no use in preventing large…

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Importance of Prescribed Burning

  Why prescribed burning has never been so important to Australia The purpose of a fuel-reduction burning program is not to stop bushfires, but to assist with their safe suppression. To understand this properly it is necessary to understand the complex and…

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