Fires and Burning

Harrietville fire

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Harrietville fire Google map 2013The Harrietville fire that was started by lightning on the border of the park and burnt towards Mt Feathertop, raced through previously burnt areas from the 2003 and 2007 Alpine fires. The area has also had extensive prescribed burns carried out.

Back-burns are now sandwiching any wildlife that has managed to flee the fire edges.

Fuelling the bullshit fire

Saturday, March 16, 2013

So much for claims that the Aberfeldy fire started in the national park. This photo shows the Aberfeldy Range and looks north, the Thompson dam is on the left there and the Baw Baw National Park is the other side of the dam and 15 kms upwind of where it started!

Aberfeldy fire from the air

Anti-green fire hysteria starts

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Dr Chris Taylor has analysed the land areas burnt in the Tassie Peninsular Forcett fires. Dr Taylor also easily discredited claims of parks and unburnt bush being the cause of past Victorian mega-fires.

His latest assessment of the Forcett fire shows only 7% of the fire was within conservation areas and the majority of the fire ripped through logged forest and farm land - ie, disturbed country.

VicForests - Government protected welfare cheats.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

OK - it goes like this - VicForests haven’t made a cracker since they started operations in 2004. In 2008 they put $127 million through their books and the expenses were $132 million = $5M loss. But they were given a $5.7M handout to cut down ash forests in the fire areas (not all this ash was burnt from several accounts). So they claimed they made a half million profit.

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).