Unseasonal Conditions See Bushfires in Queensland

In a period that is usually devoid of large fires, homes in Queensland, Australia are at risk from a bushfire with a  50km forefront. A number of homes in affected areas have been evacuated displacing residents who have been moved…

Bushfire Burns More than 2 Million Acres

A fire in Western Australia has burned at least 2 million acres of rural land—an area six times the size of Los Angeles. The blaze, about 120 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of Broome, was ignited by lightning on October 11,…

Queensland Firefighters Assist Hikers From Bushfire

Eight hikers who found themselves at risk from being surrounded by an out of control bushfire in central Queensland, Australia at the weekend had the good fortune of being escorted out by local Firefighters. The Firefighters from Queensland Fire and Emergency…

Late-season fires on the outskirts of Sydney

A massive bushfire has affected properties in Sydney’s south-west, New South Wales. The fire has burnt over 2,430 hectares around the townships Holsworthy and Menai. More than 500 firefighters in almost 100 fire trucks, along with 15 aircraft, have battled…

Bushfire in Pilliga Forest

A bushfire burning through Pilliga Forest in New South Wales, Australia, has burned nearly 594 square kilometers (229 square miles). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of the fire on January 22, 2018. The natural-color image shows…

New South Wales hit by hot weather and 35 fires

On Tuesday 22 January there were 35 wildfires active in NSW Australia alone. Many of these incidents are currently small but all having the potential to develop if not contained. This fire season is living up to its normal timetable,…

Firefighters rescue lizard in Australian bushfire

Firefighters rescue large blue tongue lizard during fires in the Hunter region of NSW. The volunteers were helping firefighters extinguish an allegedly deliberately lit fire which burnt through 33 hectares of land in Kurri Kurri when they discovered a severely…

Early fire for Sydney

The small town of Liandio on the outskirts of Sydney is being threatened by the first fire of the season. Although it is not a large fire the proximity to Sydney is causing problems. Rural Fire Service (RFS) Deputy Commissioner…

Insurance reaches $60m in deadly Western Australia fires

The cost of deadly Western Australian bushfires has climbed to $60 million and the figure is expected to rise, according to insurers. The Insurance Council of Australia says several hundred calls have been made to insurers following bushfires that killed…

Victorian bushfires: Devastate Wye River and Separation Creek

On Christmas day about 116 houses were destroyed in fires that engulf the small holiday hamlets of Wye River and Separation Creek in Southern Australasia. The threat of the 2700-hectare fire has eased given the cooler conditions and light rain,…

More than 100 homes lost in Australia’s Christmas Day bushfires

By Christopher McCall MELBOURNE (Reuters) – More than 100 homes burned down in a leading Australian tourist area in bushfires on Christmas Day and the situation remained dangerous on Saturday, as officials predicted more blazes to come later in the…

The pain doesn’t stop when the fire goes out.

Western Australian residents in the town of Esperance, where three people were killed and many homes lost are urged to seek mental health help after region’s bushfires, last week. Mental health professionals are encouraging Esperance residents affected by the region’s…

New technology to stop bushfires starting from power lines

High-voltage power lines have been the source of many deadly bushfires, as a result of sparking, this could be reduced by up to 90 per cent by world-first technology to be installed on the electricity distribution network in the state…

Three backpackers and Western Australia farmer confirmed dead in Esperance bushfires

Three backpackers from Germany are among the four people killed in out-of-control bushfires on Western Australia’s south coast. There are several fires still currently burning in the Esperance district. During last night, four people were located deceased in the fire…

New Safety System to protect Firefighters in Western Australia

The Western Australian government’s Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis has launched the latest cabin protection system to protect firefighters who become trapped in their vehicles during a bush fire. This high tech equipment includes a water deluge system, heat shields…

To Burn or Not to Burn?

Australia has a long and continuing history of burning in its forests to reduce fuels and maintain biodiversity. However, the debate over prescribed burning targets has been an ongoing one for almost as long as the practice has been conducted.…

Building in Bushfire Prone Areas, Considerations for Construction

Australians have a fundamental connection to the bush. Much of our cultural folklore surrounds Australia’s beautiful bushland areas. It is of little surprise then that many of us share a desire to build our dream home in such an area.…

Online Forums Showcase Bushfire CRC Research

Hundreds of participants from across the emergency management sector, both in Australia and internationally, have participated in the Bushfire CRC’s Research to Drive Change series of online research forums. The series presented the findings of the Bushfire CRC’s research program…

Reaching Communities in Disasters

Many countries are working concurrently on next generation systems to enable the public to contact the emergency services and, conversely, for the emergency services to alert the community to a life-threatening event. The time is ripe for international cooperation and…

Firefighters brace for bad fire weather after a week battling massive bushfires

With bad fire weather on the way for the weekend, DFES is urging people to be alert and ready for more bushfires in southern parts of WA, including the Perth metropolitan area. DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm said the combination…

Bushfire CRC Research to Drive Change

The BUSHFIRE CRC is taking an important step to ensure research findings from the past three years are accessible to a range of audiences. As part of the final phase of the Bushfire CRC, a number of documentary-style videos will…

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