Fires and Burning

Fire fallout

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Industry demands public money to salvage logs.

Another logic-lacking media release put out by the logging industry in July called for more and faster access to log all the burnt forest. They claimed they needed government assistance to cart the logs long distances to their mills and maybe even money to help with storage (they have to keep them damp to prevent cracking) until they had orders to sell the logs.

In the next sentence they said that for each day they weren't cutting forests they were losing half a million dollars.

Federal enquiry into the 2003 fires

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

"With all due respect, I do not think this was the biggest bushfire in 100 years I think it's the biggest back-burn in living memory"
Quote from Charles Slade, Channel Nine reporter in the Federal enquiry into the 2003 fires.

Read more here

Fire Furphies

Thursday, April 24, 2003


Contrary to the constant blathering of "greenies don't fight fires", myself and many other conservationists were also out there getting soot stained and coming home exhausted from the front line. In fact at the Tubbut fire, of the 12 crew in three trucks one night, at least five of us were "greenies". We just don't wear signs on our overalls saying " I AM A GREENIE ".


RFA goes up in smoke

Thursday, April 24, 2003

The Regional Forest Agreement promised the MAXIMUM amount of logs that could be taken from public forest, while providing the MINIMUM area to meet conservation criteria. No allowance was made for fire. There was no margin of error for events outside the control of governments. If fires destroy even part of the reserve system or "available" forest, the whole RFA breaks down.


Thursday, April 24, 2003

It wasn't so much the record dry and drought, the changed flammable nature of the forests or the high temperatures and strong winds that caused the huge fires, it was the Greenies!

The blame game has been eagerly played by many who profit from exploiting the land - high country graziers and loggers in particular. Politicians and your average rednecks (journalists included) happily joined in.

Here are some pointers that may help dampen these claims:

Salvage Logging

Friday, April 4, 2003

Widespread salvage logging for 30 years after the 1939 fires had huge ecological impacts. It favoured cutting fire damaged (but living) larger diameter trees. After a fire, generally there will be a return of a healthy multi-staged forest required to provide maximum habitat. Bushfires usually leave a high level of this structural complexity in the forest. Wildfires typically consume less than 10% of the wood. However, salvage logging (clearfelling) will convert the forest to an even aged, plantation-like structure.