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Australians brace for escalating fire danger in southeast

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Stay safe folks. Heed the advice and don't get check-mated.

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According to an Aussie friend, the Aboriginies knew how to avert these disasters by way of small defensive burn-offs. Then the government stepped in and said "no more."

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@Tom Young - According to an Aussie friend, the Aboriginies knew how to avert these disasters by way of small defensive burn-offs. Then the government stepped in and said "no more."

You’ve got it half right. The native Australians burnt the forests regularly over 40-50,000 years. Many Australian trees evolved to need fires in order for them to germinate. This is the reason the forests bounce back so quickly. It is true that after European settlement a lot of the burning was stopped. However, this bout of extreme fires is due to the ideology of the Greens who had controlled burning and cutting fire trails and fire breaks banned a little over ten years ago. Prior to the ban the fire service had been doing controlled burns to remove the built up fuel from the forest floors and to break up the areas of forest to stop these mega-fires.

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According to an Aussie friend, the Aboriginies knew how to avert these disasters by way of small defensive burn-offs. Then the government stepped in and said "no more."

Why are you wasting time telling us this? You need to get down to Australia right now and tell them that all it would take is small defensive burn offs to end this crisis. I'm sure all the firefighters down there are completely unaware of the concept since the government has told them "no more", even though I don't think the government actually did that, but anyway just in case you should still give it a try since they probably don't know about this technique.

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I think the stories about Aboriginal knowledge of how to do controlled burnoffs are somewhat exaggerated. Totally different set of circumstances. The Aborigines used to set fires for a purpose - to smoke out game, to manage the production of a naturally-occurring food crop, for example, or for access through the bush - and never had to worry about population centres being in the path of a fire if it got out of control. They would have been just as helpless in the case of a major weather-caused fire as we are today.

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However, this bout of extreme fires is due to the ideology of the Greens who had controlled burning and cutting fire trails and fire breaks banned a little over ten years ago. Prior to the ban the fire service had been doing controlled burns to remove the built up fuel from the forest floors and to break up the areas of forest to stop these mega-fires.

So the Greens, who have controlled ZERO levels of government in Australia over the past decade (or before that for that matter), somehow managed to ban the fire service from doing controlled burns? I would be very curious how they managed that.

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However, this bout of extreme fires is due to the ideology of the Greens who had controlled burning and cutting fire trails and fire breaks banned a little over ten years ago. Prior to the ban the fire service had been doing controlled burns to remove the built up fuel from the forest floors and to break up the areas of forest to stop these mega-fires.

It's amazing how many people just want to repeat the same old stories again and again, with no regard for the facts. Controlled burning, and cutting breaks are still current practice. When and where have the Greens ever been powerful enough to arbitrarily put a stop to all these forest management practices? As those in charge of the firefighting keep telling us, in order to do all the burning off some people consider necessary entire regions and cities would have to be shrouded in smoke for extended periods of time. The changing climate is reducing the window of opportunity for burnoffs to take place, and with the current extended drought and record temperatures (yes, record temperatures) even choking half the population for half the year with the smoke from burnoffs wouldn't prevent major fires like the current ones from happening.

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The Australian Greens Party have detailed policy on back burning and hazard reduction burning.

Doesn't matter because they have never been in a position of power.

Did you know , in NSW at least, a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate works are exempt from environmental laws.

Burning off needs a certificate for private landowners. You can apply online. The local Rural Fire Brigade would do the burn. Not too arduous a process.

All this misinformation about "Greens /Arsonists / etc " is being weaponized online, spread on forums like this, repeated in Murdoch Media ...all with the intent of disparaging climate science and reinforcing the conservative ideology.

Climate change has rendered Australia a giant tinderbox and now it is alight.

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