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Yes, Australia has always had bushfires: but 2019 is like nothing we’ve seen before

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Australia Has Become Ground Zero of Climate Change’s Science Experiment. Image credit: Full story: https://slate.com/technology/2019/12/australia-fires-climate-change.html

 

New community group forms in Denmark to investigate prescribed burning practices

A new Denmark community group will investigate prescribed burning on the south coast. Denmark Environment Centre convenor David Rastrick said the Denmark Community Fire Safety and Ecology Group was formed in response to members’ questions and general public concern.

“While community safety is non-negotiable, fire safety goes hand-in-hand with keeping the bush in good condition,” he said. A new Denmark community group will investigate prescribed burning on the south coast.

Denmark Environment Centre convenor David Rastrick said the Denmark Community Fire Safety and Ecology Group was formed in response to members’ questions and general public concern.  “While community safety is non-negotiable, fire safety goes hand-in-hand with keeping the bush in good condition,” he said.

“A significant concern to DEC is environmental — what are the impacts on the fauna, flora and soil ecology both in the short and long term? Associated with this is the impact on climate change.”

The group said they would look into prescribed burns by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, as well as the Shire of Denmark. A DBCA spokeswoman said the department had worked hard to reduce fuel loads in areas surrounding Denmark and Walpole to provide better protection to the community from intense summer bushfires.

“From a biodiversity perspective, prescribed burning is undertaken to maintain a range of wildlife habitat types through the creation of low-fuel areas in a mosaic of burnt and unburnt patches across the landscape,” the spokeswoman said. “Prescribed burns occur in more favourable conditions than intense summer bushfires, enabling animals to safely move into areas of unburnt vegetation and various plant species opportunities to regenerate…

 

Australia fires: The thousands of volunteers fighting the flames

“When that photo was taken of me, I had done a 15-hour shift out there.”  He is one of thousands of Australians who’ve dropped their ordinary lives to battle the nation’s raging fire crisis. For weeks, the 22-year-old landscaper has lived around his phone, springing into action when called upon.

He is part of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) which calls itself “the world’s largest volunteer firefighting organisation”. Its 70,000 members are extensively trained and, except for a few senior staff, mostly unpaid.  Mr Knox joined his local brigade in Sydney’s south-west five years ago, when he was 17. He bonded with a senior member – Andrew O’Dwyer – over football and photography…

 

Yes, Australia has always had bushfires: but 2019 is like nothing we’ve seen before

As the area burned across Australia this fire season pushes beyond five million hectares, an area larger than many countries, stories of destruction have become depressingly familiar.

At the time of writing, nine people have been killed. Balmoral, in the New South Wales southern highlands, is the latest community affected in a state where up to 1,000 homes have been destroyed. A third of the vineyard area and dozens of homes were razed in the Adelaide Hills. It is too early for a thorough examination of the impact on wildlife, including the many threatened species in the fires’ path…

 

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