Category Archives: Fire Management

FOBIF goes around, again

FOBIF has made a submission to the inquiry by the Inspector General for Emergency Management [IGEM] into the 2019-20 Victorian fire season. The inquiry is broad, ranging over topics like education, operational responses, evacuation planning, the use of the Australian … Continue reading

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Tunnel Hill is set to go

DELWP is about to conduct its Tunnel Hill management burn (CAS 073), in the area bounded by Railway Dam road, Fryers Ridge Road and Tunnel Hill track. You can find an interactive map of the area here. The fire zone … Continue reading

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Kalimna Park: the old might be new, and the new old…

A planned fuel reduction burn for Kalimna Park is due to take place this April. The burn will be in two sections on the western side of the tourist road, and total 34 hectares.   The burn will take place … Continue reading

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Fire 4: here’s a side issue that’s not a side issue

We know the land is getting drier—well, most people know. Some politicians and commentators think this is just a passing phase. The rest of us have to deal with it, now. On this matter it’s worth quoting some draft findings … Continue reading

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How will fire change Victoria?

The Victorian National Parks Association has recently provided an analysis of environmental issues related to the bushfire crisis: Victoria is one of the most fire prone places on earth, and this is being made a far more severe problem by … Continue reading

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Fire 2: what about, er, human nature?

Another, very serious challenge is the human being. Readers of last Tuesday’s Midland Express will have noticed a depressingly familiar theme on the front page: the number of fires caused by human ignorance or mismanagement. And two people have been … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, on the ground: fuel reduction at Spring Gully

DELWP conducted a fuel reduction burn in the area south of Jacobs track, along the Vaughan Chewton road in the week beginning November 18.  The fire was lit on the 18th before the dire weather forecast for the following Thursday … Continue reading

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Fuel reduction: a bit of ancient history

On the subject of fire safety and ecological health, here’s a look at the past: “In 1970 the Australian Conservation Foundation released a reasoned manifesto on ‘bushfire control and conservation’ that encapsulated the sentiments and logic of environmental critics (of … Continue reading

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It’s a miracle! Scott Morrison was right! And wrong! At the same time!

The early start to the bushfire season has generated a debate about the connection between climate change and bushfires. This is another debate we can expect to sputter on over summer. It’s important to be clear about what the argument … Continue reading

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Black Saturday, ten years on: what’s changed?

The March edition of the VNPA’s Parkwatch magazine is now online, and can be found online here. The magazine has numerous articles of interest, but we particularly recommend the section where the magazine looks over the Bushfire Royal Commission’s recommendations … Continue reading

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