Published works

Published works

Eburn, M. & Cary, G. J. You own the fuel but who owns the fire?. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).

You own the fuel but who owns the fire?

TitleYou own the fuel but who owns the fire?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsEburn, M, Cary, GJ
Conference NameAFAC16
Date Published08/2016
PublisherBushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Conference LocationBrisbane

The statement ‘Whoever owns the fuel owns the fire’ was coined during the 1994 Sydney bushfires1 and is attributed to Phil Cheney,2 the then Project Leader for Bushfire Behaviour and Management in CSIRO and a former Director of the National Bushfire Research Unit. Cheney and Sullivan3 say: ‘The landholder effectively owns the fuel and so determines whether the fire can spread and how intense it will be. In other words, the landholder owns the fire.’

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