Fire fuels in focus



Panel discussion on fuel reduction at the Fire Behaviour and Fuels conference.
Panel discussion on fuel reduction at the Fire Behaviour and Fuels conference.
19 Apr 2016
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April 2016's edition of Hazard News features:

  • News - science on fuels, resilient cities & fire modelling
  • Hazard Note - how did the community cope during the Sampson Flat fire? 
  • Research - non-traditional volunteering & case studies on mitigation 
  • Conferences - our Research Advisory Forum is on soon
  • Blogs - from the CEO, an end-user, researchers & PhD students
  • New online - new reports & journal papers


Sampson Flat fire. Photo by Angry Planet.
Hazard Note 15 summaries results from research commissioned by the CFS after the January 2015 Sampson Flat bushfire.


Dr Kevin Tolhurst (left) receives the Ember Award from IAWF Vice-President Alen Slijepcevic.
Dr Kevin Tolhurst has been internationally recognised for his contribution to fire science.
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
Wind accounts for much variability in fires. Photo: New Zealand Fire Service
Why is it that when it comes to the “wicked problem” of bushfire, we have put uncertainty to one side for so long?
Fires are now wicked problems
The unbidden wildfire and other wicked fire problems was discussed and debated at the joint Fire Behaviour and Fuels conferences in Melbourne and Portland, Oregon.
Commissioner Katarina Carrol spoke on ABC Big Ideas on Resilient Cities
The CRC arranged for the Commissioner of QFES, Katarina Carroll, to take part in a discussion that was recorded by the ABC Big Ideas program.
Volunteers at Christchurch earthquake
We have entered the final year of the ‘Out of Uniform’ project and our focus now shifts to considering the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of different approaches for engaging with non-traditional volunteers.


Panel session at the Fire Behaviour and Fuels conference 2016
The 5th International Fire Behaviour and Fuels conference was in Melbourne and in Portland, Oregon, in April.


Gamba grass has become a major fire risk in the NT. Photo: T Neale.
A primary driver of risk management is reducing loss of life, but human behaviour – particularly in rare and extreme events – does not map well onto algorithms.
Current predictions, predicted waypoints (red markers) and the course Chari’s team swam (white squares).
I recently took the plunge for the annual Port to Pub open ocean swim in WA, and I think I can now claim the unique distinction that I have first-hand experience of both a seismic tsunami and a meteotsunami. My group at UWA was predicting the currents for the race, and we predicted the occurrence of the meteotsunami.
Photo: F Jennings.
As I head towards my mid-candidature, I have had two field trips in Tasmania, conducting 27 interviews on community-led recovery.
Blazeaid volunteers
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I have just spent a week in Malaysia at the request of the Australian High Commission, linking Australian researchers with researchers in Malaysia.
In 2015 I interviewed emergency management professionals from across the country about how public communication and mapping practices through various technologies are impacting the sector.
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