There is a bit of complacency in all of us

The next time we have a summer scorcher, picture yourself in the great Australian bush, and ask yourself: what have you learnt since Black Saturday?  February 7 2019 was the tenth anniversary of the devastating bushfires that struck Victoria, killing…

Learning lessons from research insights: Black Saturday

The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires made history as one of Australia’s deadliest and costliest peacetime tragedies. A new industry guideline helps us learn from this tragic event. Human endurance and the capabilities of emergency service providers were tested by the…

Economic impact of bushfires in NSW, ACT to double by 2050

The Climate Council, one of Australia’s leading authorities on climate change has said the cost of bushfires to New South Wales and the ACT is likely to more than double by 2050, adding an extra $100m per year to the…

More hot weather predicted for Australia

Bureau of Meteorology’s summer outlook says 80% chance of December being hotter than normal in QLD, NSW, SA and Victoria. This will stretch volunteer resources that have already fought many bushfires already this season. Dozens of bushfires are currently still burning…

Where to Next with Fire Modelling?

Excessive amounts of heat and moisture generated by large bushfires can affect the surrounding atmosphere, changing wind speed and creating pyroconvective (thunderstorm) clouds. These in turn can profoundly change the way a bushfire behaves. Researchers are starting to incorporate these…

Creating an Above Ground Fire Shelter

Following the disastrous bushfires of 7 February 2009 I was shocked at the significant loss of life. 173 persons lost their lives. The impact of the fires extended far beyond the immediate loss of life to include those who survived…

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