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Great photo from volunteer bushfire expert-group shows the stark effects of controlled burning

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The photo below comes to us from Bushfire Front,who tell us:
 
We are a volunteer group seeking to improve fire management in WA and to mitigate the damage cause by bushfires.

We are practical bushfire specialists, with hundreds of years of accumulated experience between us in bush firefighting and preventing fire damage to people, property and forests. Each of us has worked in bushfire prevention, bushfire science, fire control planning, or firefighting operations, some of us for over 35 years.

Our concern is that the standard of fire management in Western Australia has declined to a dangerous level, both on private land and on our State forests, national parks and nature reserves. Improving the situation is a complex issue involving Government policies, agency priorities, management paradigms and institutional structures. For an extensive account of these issues refer to our website bushfirefront.org.au
 
What a photo!
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A picture tells a thousand words. Some people say that prescribed burning doesn't work. This photo was taken with a drone by Garry Squires last week at Orbost, in East Gippsland, Victoria. It clearly shows how the bushfire defoliated/decimated the forest on the right side of the picture, then ran out of steam as it hit the forest to the left which was control burnt the previous year. The reduced ground fuels in the recently control burnt forest meant the raging crown fire scorched some trees in the burnt area then fell to the ground where it was easily controlled or petered out. If State authorities are able to strategically control burn about 8% of their forested areas each year, fierce bushfires can be kept in check.
 


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