FAC: Using Community Base Maps to Improve the Safety and Effectiveness of Wildfire Response

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been saying it forever – when it comes to preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies, nothing beats local knowledge. Here’s a wonderful article from our friends at the Fire Adapted Communities website in the US that not only confirms the need for local knowledge…

BNHCRC: Communicating for maximum comprehension

HAZARD NOTES 13 DEC 2018 Natural hazards, where risks are often high and lives and property are at stake, raise considerable uncertainty and anxiety. Providing the community with information that is designed to instil specific preparation and response behaviours is important for emergency services. Hazard Note 57 investigates a body of research to determine whether well-established, theoretical principles…

ABC: Bushfire threat now a year-round situation in Australia, expert warns

One of the country’s leading bushfire experts warns Australia needs to prepare for the threat of year-round bushfires. Drought is crippling New South Wales and large parts of Queensland, setting the stage for a bad fire season in Australia with blazes already burning large tracts of land in recent weeks. Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research…

NSW RFS sponsors “Bushfire Building Conference and Forum 2018”

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is proud of its consistent advocacy and support for good ideas that make things better. And here’s one we came across today – the Bushfire Building Conference & Forum 2018, to be hosted by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) in the Blue Mountains and sponsored by the…

The dingo's classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings, say researchers. Supplied: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre

ABC: Maligned dingoes emerge as unlikely heroes in study of bushfires and feral pests

Many of our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Members are either farmers themselves or have strong connections to Western Australia’s agriculture sector. As such, we thought this interesting article on recent research at Deakin University and Charles Sturt University might be worth a re-post. The dingo’s classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings,…

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…

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…