Fires and Burning

Rethink burn targets - Comrie

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

smouldering and burntFormer Victorian Police Commissioner Neil Comrie who has the job of monitoring the response to the Black Saturday Royal Commission, says a target to burn 5% of Victoria's public land every year must be reconsidered.

Neil Comrie is now saying what we have for years - DSE should instead focus on protecting high-risk fire areas immediately around towns rather than simply meeting a target.

197,000 ha of fried forest

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

fried forest

The largest area of forest since 1991 was burnt by DSE this last season.

DSE publicly celebrated a whopping 197,000 ha that they burnt last season out of their 225,000ha target for 2011-12.

Wet conditions thankfully slowed down the East Gippsland burns.

Next year DSE plans to torch a quarter of a million hectares across Victoria.




Wide scale salvage logging linked to log dump destruction

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

During the 2009 bushfires, a huge log dump near Marysville was destroyed by fire. Michael Ryan from VicForests stated that 50,000 tonnes of pulpwood had been destroyed – around 10% of the total annual production of pulp logs for this area. The log dump was located near Marysville surrounded by tinder dry forest. Photographs of the log dump taken before the fires by EEG member Peter Halasz show the enormous size of this stockpile.

Kevin Tolhurst Bushfire Modelling

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Plans to burn the state’s public land at a rate of 5% a year is the biggest and most risky experiment ever carried out on our environment. Already it is destroying huge swathes of the Mallee and threatening its already fragile ecosystem and species.

The VNPA and the Royal Society in late 2011 hosted a seminar to look at what this might mean. The summary of findings and presentations are here (PDF).

Fire regimes in Australia

Saturday, October 16, 2010

This paper (PDF) by Mooney et al from 2010 shows that since the arrival of Europeans there has been a massive increase in fire. It also shows that since the arrival of Aborigines 40,000 – 70,000 years ago, there was very little increase in the charcoal record compared to pre-Aboriginal times.

It is fairly clear evidence that adds to the increasing proof that Aborigines did NOT burn every part of Australia on a regular basis as Gammage and the other burning advocates claim.

Q: How are VicForest activities controlled on days of high fire danger?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Greg Barber, Greens member for Northern Metro, asked Environment Minister Gavin Jennings what controls have been put in place given the significant number of fires caused by salvage logging operations in November in the Central Highlands. These fires started when dry logs dragged across others on the ground, amongst logging debris, generated heat enough to ignite fires. In his reply the Minister stated: