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Esperance Express: Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup to receive bushfire mitigation funds

  Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup have been named among the 15 local governments in high-risk areas eligible to apply for the $15 million Bushfire Mitigation Fund. Having completed Bushfire Risk Management Plans, those eligible can now apply for a portion of the initial $3 million available in funding this financial year. The funding, from Royalties for Regions, is…

BNHCRC: Bushfire potential 2017-18

BNHCRC: Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017-18 Update

Due to drier and warmer than average conditions since autumn 2017, the bushfire seasonal outlook for 2017-18 has been re-examined for southern Australia. Queensland experienced an early start to the fire season, with significant fires occurring in August. Early season fires of significance were also experienced in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Most states…

AFAC: Extreme fire behaviour: lessons learned from the Waroona fire

Extreme fire behaviour and a case study of the 2016 Waroona fire in Western Australia were explored during a recent webinar hosted by AFAC’s Predictive Services (Bushfire) Practitioners Network. The webinar, which is available below, featured Mika Peace from the Bureau of Meteorology, discussing the lessons learned from the Waroona bushfire. The audience included Fire…

Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations pays tribute to 250,000+ volunteers

The Council of Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) has today paid tribute to the efforts of volunteers across Australia, who risk their lives and work tirelessly to protect communities. Today marks International Volunteer Day – a chance to celebrate and thank volunteers for the contribution they make. CAVFA Chairperson, Ken Middleton said Australia owes a huge…

AFAC: Collaboration delivers national fire weather training resource

Researchers, end users and training experts have joined forces through AFAC to develop a new, national evidence-based fire weather learning and training resource for emergency services. A project team from AFAC’s Predictive Services Group, including representatives from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), collaboratively developed Interpret and Analyse Fire Weather Information. The finished learner resource (PUAFIR414) is…

Volunteer firefighters get prepared for the summer

  Collieburn-Cardiff Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has had a busy few weeks fighting bushfires, carrying out prescribed burns and training as hot weather approaches.   Volunteers completed ground controller training to learn how to conduct water bombing operations, which involves communicating with aircraft about how and where to drop the water. Volunteers recently received a…