Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

What does it take to change?

With all that is going on in this COVID-19 world – mass unemployment, community lockdown, long-term economic problems and the many thousands of deaths that we know about – you’d be forgiven for thinking that there could be nothing positive…

Lightning kills more than 105 people in northern Indian monsoons

More than 105 people died from lightning strikes in northern and eastern India officials said, at the beginning of the annual monsoon season. A large number of people were killed in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar after being struck…

Budget cuts because of COVID-19 forces Indonesia to scale back forest fire protection

Budget cuts in Indonesia have required the scaling back of fire protection measures for some of the world’s most important tropical forests ahead of a worsening fire season, because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus, the environment ministry said.…

Indonesia braces for peak dry season after massive 2019 forest fires

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The government seeks to double down on peatland fire prevention and law enforcement following the massive fires that ravaged much of Indonesia’s forests last year. As we enter the dry season, Environment and Forestry…

Tokyo will probably face a massive earthquake in the next 30 years

Article by Jake Sturmer and Yumi Asada. The country occupies the intersection of four tectonic plates. The result has been events of unimaginable horror and carnage. Living with this risk is a reality of life in Japan, which lies on…

Thousands more evacuated from site of Indian oil well blast

TINSUKIA, India: Around 7,000 people have been evacuated from the surrounds of a deadly oil well explosion in northeast India, authorities said Thursday (Jun 11), as environmentalists warned local wildlife was being hit by contamination. Oil India engineers have been…

Gas tanker truck explodes on China highway, killing 18

The number of people killed in a gas tanker truck explosion on a highway in eastern China has climbed to 18, with nearly 200 more injured, local authorities say. The force of the blast on Saturday 13th June in the…

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Mangga delivers wild weather across Southern Western Australia

A massive storm is wreaking havoc on southern coastal parts of Western Australia, including Perth, with thousands of homes without power, trees down and reports of widespread property damage. The State Emergency Service has responded to hundreds of callouts for…

Fire displaces 161 families in Puerto Princesa City

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY –– Some 161 families were left homeless after a fire ravaged a seaside residential village on Thursday morning in Puerto Princesa on the Philippine island of Mimarora. Chief Inspector Nilo Caabay Jr., city fire marshal of the…

Children’s Birthday in the middle of a lockdown

Social distancing may have prevented Mikkey Wrigley from having a big party to celebrate his fifth birthday, but a group of firefighters still found a way to make the day special.   Mikkey got a surprise when 10 emergency service workers,…

Are inquiries the way to learn after attending a significant fire?

Do you learn from your experiences at a fire, or are there many important issues that don’t come to the fore, because we don’t systematically go through a process of learning to better our skills as firefighters? The recent fires…

2019/20: Australia’s worst fire season on record

Australia has just been through its worst fire season with respect to areas burnt and although we had 34 deaths (including a number of firefighters) it could have been worse considering the size and length of the fire season. I…

Research shows that smoke from Australia’s bushfires killed far more people than the fires did

Members of a collaborative consortium, The Centre for Air Pollution, Energy and Health Research (CAR), funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found. Smoke pollution that blanketed Australia’s south-east for many months during the bushfire crisis may have…

Indonesian floods kill five

Five people were killed, three more are missing and thousands are unable to return to their waterlogged homes after floods submerged parts of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, officials said Wednesday (Feb 26). The mud inundated the presidential palace, a major hospital…

New research shows that Australian summers will be ‘twice as long as winters’

BBC: The Australia Institute found that summer across most of the country over the past 20 years was about a month longer than in the mid-20th century, while winters had become shorter. Between 2014 and 2018, summers were found to be…

First the fires now the floods

The heaviest rain in years has been forecast for Southern Queensland and eastern New South Wales this week: enough to fill dams, dampen some bushfire grounds and even bring flash flooding to parts of the states. As of Wednesday morning,…

Canberra prepared for a horror bushfire day

Temperatures in the Australian capital Canberra have set a new monthly record amid an advancing bushfire that has prompted a state of emergency declaration. The city declared its first state of emergency in nearly two decades last week in anticipation…

Wuhan virus death toll rises as disease travels around Asia

China is doing all it can to contain this deadly virus however 80 people have died, and the virus has been detected in 14 Asian countries as well as France and the USA. 2811 cases have been confirmed so far.…

Unsung heroes during large disasters

We read continually about the firefighters, rescuers and civil defence people doing outstanding things on the front line protecting us from fire, typhoons, earthquakes etc. The press photos show rescuers risking their lives to save families and their belongings from…

How can you help those impacted by fire in Australia?

The Australian bushfires are now the largest in history and will go on for months unless significant rainfalls. Unfortunately, the weather forecastspredict very little rain in the near future. Lives have been lost, homes and business have been destroyed and…

Australian firefighter dies battling blazes, raising the death toll to 28

MELBOURNE: A firefighter died while on duty on Saturday (Jan 11) in Australia’s state of Victoria, raising the toll from this season’s devastating bushfires to 28 deaths as the government deploys mental health services to aid those in affected areas.…

Wildlife suffers in Australian fires

It’s been estimated that 1.25 billion native animals have perished in the Australian bushfires, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas and more. As many as 8,400 koalas have already perished in the fires in NSW alone, and these numbers continue to rise.…

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