Indigenous expertise is reducing bushfires in northern Australia. It’s time to consider similar approaches for other locations

Indigenous expertise is reducing bushfires in northern Australia. It’s time to consider similar approaches for other locations

The team at the Charles Darwin University’s Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research has been working with Indigenous land managers, conservation, research and government organisations in northern Australia for the last 25 years to find more effective ways to manage wildfires.
These collaborations have led to a new approach, blending modern scientific knowledge with traditional Indigenous land management practices to reduce bushfire risk.
How? By reducing fuel load through a patchy mosaic of small, low intensity, burns early in the fire season that cut the risk of late dry season fires when greenhouse gas emissions are much greater.

A Question of Burning Urgency

A Question of Burning Urgency

Of all the factors that contribute to the intensity of a fire (temperature, wind speed, humidity, topography, fuel moisture and fuel load), only fuel load can be readily modified by human effort, but bearing in mind that since the industrial revolution it is now clear that humans have also modified the world’s temperature, and action on emissions may eventually assist to bring this down.

Citation: Emergency Leaders for Climate Action

Fire and Blame

Fire and Blame

As bushfires peaked in the Australian summer of 2019-20, we heard a lot of the myth of climate change as the prime cause of the flames’ spread and severity. In this article, Christine Finlay addresses climate change and a second myth, mostly promoted by politicians and leaders of bushfire management organisations: that an appropriate response is to promise a thorough review of bushfire management (via royal commissions or otherwise) while pre-emptively pouring yet more taxpayer dollars into fire-fighting organisations and aerial firefighting, in particular. This is the latest instance of a repeated pattern, more likely to worsen rather than improve the situation.

Management of National Parks adjoining private land

Management of National Parks adjoining private land

I am writing to support the NSW Farmers proposal for grazing to be re-introduced into Crown Lands including National Parks.

I believe this need only be applied in marginal areas around National Parks which cannot be protected from fire by graded fire breaks. Many National Parks boundaries are on very steep and inaccessible areas thereby making fire and stock control very difficult.

Peak View Bushfire Memorial Poem

Peak View Bushfire Memorial Poem

On Saturday 23 December 2021 a memorial was held at Peak View for the American air crew of ‘Bomber-134’

The day marked the one-year anniversary since the water bomber flown by Captain Ian McBeth, first officer Paul Hudson and flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr crashed while fighting a bushfire at Peak View, north-east of Cooma
The Peak View Bushfire Memorial Poem was written and delivered on the day by Peak View RFS member Ernie Constance.