Fires and Burning

The flaming obvious - the misuse of fire

Monday, September 8, 2008

Journalist and writer, James Woodford, recently wrote of his concerns about the level of pyromania within our land management agencies and the lack of science behind the hype for more burning.

The annual sensationalist stories predicting a horrendous bushfire season ahead are about to begin. Fearful unprepared farmers and townies alike will blame the DSE for not burning enough bush. The media will use this hype to fill in slow news days.

The fire economy

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Quoll - save me from politiciansBy May 2004, the Victorian Government had funded the clearfelling of forests burnt in the 2003 fires to the tune of $6.9 million.

Another $4 million was given to help the woodchip industry continue its access the following year.

Then in 2007 we taxpayers gave at least $868,000 to help the industry clearfell the 2006 fire-damaged forests.

Blazing trails

Saturday, March 1, 2008

After the state government was caught out during and after the '06 fires, thumbing its nose at its own planning regulations let alone Federal laws, these careless cowboys have now changed the laws to allow them to continue!

Torching forests - an Aussie tradition

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

"European settlement certainly brought an extraordinary increase in both frequency and intensity of fire in south-eastern Australia. People lit fires everywhere, at any time, to burn off or to clear land. Rural manhood was forged in fighting fires."

Paul Collins, author of BURN

Firebreak offsets

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

It's not just those on the green side of the fence who are outraged about plans to whack in massive firebreaks through forests across the landscape. Even many fire experts are a little upset by the lack of thought and evidence that they will be effective. In many cases they could just be providing wind tunnels and helping dry out the forest edges (not to mention becoming a barrier for small mammals and possums).

Shameless Salvage Bandits

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Many astute observers are starting to question the fires that have enveloped Victoria's east since 2003. This may sound like a conspiracy theory but the evidence seems to be mounting. Many of these areas were deliberately left to burn for a day or two before fire-fighters were sent to attack them or that the back burns were deliberately positioned to include large tracts of the most sought after forests. The ash forests in particular have been heavily targeted by unchecked salvage logging operations after large areas were either lightly or heavily burnt.

Logging still on welfare

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Victorian Government classifies logging the bejeezuz out of killed or semi-scorched ash forests recovering from fire as 'bushfire recovery'. As part of its 'Bushfire Recovery Package', it has handed over $34 million of our taxes to help the logging and woodchipping industries fast track so-called 'salvage' logging of ash at ten times sustainable rates.

Fires will get them if we don't

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Let's clear the smoke on the claim that fire is as damaging as logging.

Carbon is stored both above and below ground. Forest parts above ground lose roughly 800 tonnes per ha when logged and burnt. Using figures both Federal and State governments have been quoting in parliament, the recent fires sent less than 40 tonne/ha into the sky.

State of the Environment report - on burning

Thursday, June 7, 2007

These comments from the State of the Environment (SoE) report 2008 -

Inappropriate fire regimes (too much or too little fire) threaten the persistence and condition of some species and ecosystems.

Uncertainty exists over optimal levels of planned burning in Victoria for ecological benefits and protection from wildfire.

Human sources of ignition account for at least 70% of fires on public land in Victoria.

The following states pretty clearly that the fire managers still have little clue as to the ecological impacts of their burning plans.