Author Topic: BBC News - Australia fires worsen as every state hits 40C  (Read 485 times)

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It really is an incredibly sad state of affairs for our Aussie friends. I am a US Fish and Wildlife Service wildfire fighter (emeritus) and we do prescribed burns all of the time. It is primarily for the health of the forests, but also serves as a deterrent to the initiation/spread of wildfires. We do this, even though we are managed by our own greenies! What amazes me, is that so many people continue to build/rebuild in areas of our country that are incredibly prone to wildfires and do nothing to try to prevent them. You see our California friends losing homes almost every year, but you rarely see them doing preventive fire management. My understanding is that they are not allowed to in most cases. The double whammy is that all of our insurance rates go up to keep rebuilding their homes. Anyway, many prayers for our Aussie friends.
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To try and be as brief as possible.
Decades ago we used to selectively log state forest for timber products.
Then vested interests got control so they went to very destructive clear felling.
The greenies revolted, quite rightly, to clear felling old growth forest to make wood chips which get turned into toilet paper.
So as a knee jerk all logging got banned but that left the Forestry Commission short of cash so what used to be State Forests suddenly became National Parks.
This was a windfall for the government of the day who proclaimed they created hundreds of "new" national parks when in reality all that happened was the title documents changed names and not a single new tree got planted.
Now the loggers had to maintain the log extraction / fire trails good enough tho get a fully loaded timber jinker out thus the roads were is good condition and easily accessible by fire trucks.
Once they stopped, so did the maintenance of the trails and stragetic hazard burns that were needed to protect the trees in the forest ( for later harvest of course ) .

Because National Parks now had 3 times the amount of land to manage they had to recruit a lot of new staff and a good deal of these were "lock it up & leave it" greenie fanatics.
The budget was not increased commensurate with the increased acres to manage so lots of money went into management plans that proved the best thing to do was next to nothing in the way of things that disturb the natural order of the forest like hazard burns or clear & grade fire roads.
In NSW National Parks & Wildlife have 127 fewer rangers than they did during the 2013 bushfire emergency but apparently they have 82 more staff. Which shows where their heads are at.
Naturally the advertising and tourism division does not want smelly dirty burns happening because the parks might get too many dislikes on their face book page .

Now for the final straw. .
back in the 80's a full crew of 8 volunteers who were doing hazard reduction deep in a forest were cooked inside their truck when they became trapped because no one knew they were there.
From memory it was another hazard reduction by a different brigade that got out of control that trapped & killed them.
This was of course tragic but the inevitable consequence of having three different authorities responsible for forest fires and having all volunteer brigades run by the local council ( the bottom level of government who mow playgrounds & collect your garbage ) so there was little to no co-ordination between them till an emergency was proclaimed when the Bushfire Council took command.
As a result of this we ended up with the Rural Fire Service, a bunch of paid public servants who control what the volunteers do.
Unfortunately it was formed by a megalomaniac bureaucrat who set it up to micro manage everything, including all hazard reductions. A gargantuan task that is impossible in situations like what exists right now.
Now because all burns went through a single person it was dead easy for the "no burn" lobbyists to perpetually thwart almost every burn for all sorts of silly reasons and regularly resorting to taking out legal injunctions, some thing they could not do when the decisions were taken but the 200 individual Local Governments so no one knew when or where an individual burn would happen.

If you have not fallen asleep then download the Blue Mountains National Park Fire Management Strategy from the NSW National Parks & Wildlife web page https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Research-and-publications/Publications-search/Blue-Mountains-National-Park-Fire-Management-Strategy
as a person who knows how these things should work you will see they have set up a plan that makes it next to impossible to do a hazard reduction burn , while pretending to be actively controlling risk.
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BBC News - Met Office: Last decade 'second hottest in 100 years'
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50976909

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Yep,
We got 4 days of mid 40's coming up then a week of low 30's then another week of mid to high 40's
It is hot but I can remember being at Gulgong , laying on a wet feed sack & under a wet towel on the verandah watching the solder running off the roof.
It is not as if we never had it hot before.
For us the dryness is the problem.
Only green in the paddock is the outfall from the septic tank.
Paddocks were brown but over the last fourtnight have gone grey from all the ash & burned leaves dropping from the sky.
Next time it rains up your way, drop your dacks, point yer bums this way & fart like crazy.
And to add insult to injury Indonesia is having their worst floods in decades.
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