Current stories

Ebook author Dr Briony Towers at the launch
Tue, 12/11/2013
Highlighting the breadth and depth of Australia’s national bushfire research program, two books were launched by the Bushfire CRC on 23 October in Melbourne.
Tue, 12/11/2013
Watch an insightful interview on emergency law with Bushfire CRC researcher Michael Eburn.
Photo - NSW RFS
Mon, 28/10/2013
Better management of emergency incidents can reduce any adverse consequences on communities. This Fire Note discusses research into multi-agency emergency management at regional and state levels to improve incident management.
Photo - CFA Communities and Communication
Tue, 08/10/2013
Bushfire CRC PhD student Grace Vincent from Deakin University is recruiting 50 firefighters from across Australia to help gather important data on firefighters and sleep during multi-day deployments. This research is important in managing firefighter health and safety, while providing ongoing protection against bushfires.
Home cut into a sloping block of land
Tue, 01/10/2013
Douglas Brown’s interest in designing homes with improved bushfire protection is both professional and deeply personal.
Bushfire Preparedness Research
Tue, 01/10/2013
It is a critical choice that could have devastating repercussions for residents in bushfire-prone areas. Yet it’s a decision that many will delay until the day of a fire. Why do residents delay their decision to defend or evacuate, and what can be done to help them make more timely, appropriate choices?
Is there an optimum amount of money to spend on prescribed burning?
Tue, 01/10/2013
The ability to rationalise decisions economically, and to understand how future bushfires will affect communities, the environment and the economy are necessities in fire and land management.
Yass fire - photo by the NSWRFS
Mon, 16/09/2013
Different psychological processes between individuals drives decision making. What does this mean for residents who are threatened by bushfire? Why do they decide to evacuate, stay and defend or wait and see?

In the media...

LaTrobe University
Thu, 13/02/2014
RN Drive
Wed, 12/02/2014
The Conversation
Tue, 11/02/2014
The Age
Tue, 11/02/2014
Bush Telegraph
Tue, 11/02/2014
New Zealand Herald
Tue, 11/02/2014
Tue, 11/02/2014
Mandurah Mail
Fri, 31/01/2014
Bush Telegraph
Mon, 27/01/2014
702 ABC Sydney
Fri, 24/01/2014
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 24/01/2014
North Queensland Register
Fri, 24/01/2014
Liverpool City Champion
Fri, 24/01/2014
The Advocate
Thu, 23/01/2014
ABC News
Thu, 23/01/2014
Posted: 6 hours 21 min ago

The Bushfire CRC has been about learning and sharing, and this applies not just to research and science, but experiences too. Continuing the international collaborations established over the last decade is a visit in early May by American and French fire and risk managers.

Tom Harbour, US Forest Service National Director of Fire and Aviation Management, and Jean-...

Posted: 6 hours 33 min ago

Long after our doors have shut, the Bushfire CRC will have a suite of legacy materials accessible to all our partners and the wider public.

We want the research to drive change and to instigate thinking about utilisation, as this is the research our partners around Australia and in New Zealand have invested in. Our final forums are for everyone, including agency...

Nathan Maddock
Communications Officer Bushfire CRC

Media Releases

Thu, 14/02/2013
Margaret River fire Dec 2012
The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pledged $47 million over eight years for a new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre from 1 July 2013.
Mon, 14/01/2013
A Bushfire CRC research task force has been deployed to Tasmania
Up to 20 of Australia’s leading bushfire researchers will today begin investigating areas of national significance from the bushfires in Tasmania’s south east.
Fri, 11/01/2013
As serious bushfires continue to burn around Australia, families in high-risk areas are giving a lot of thought to their bushfire survival plans. But what role should children play in the planning process?
Mon, 07/01/2013
Australia’s leading bushfire researchers will investigate the Tasmanina fires
Australia’s leading bushfire researchers will this week begin investigating areas of national significance from the bushfires in Tasmania.
Tue, 11/12/2012
The Bushfire CRC has been Highly Commended in the Resilient Australia Awards
The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre is honoured to be recognised by a Highly Commended award in this year’s national Resilient Australia Awards, for the impact of its collective research program over the last decade.
Mon, 10/09/2012
Bushfire research in Victoria has been enhanced with a series of new projects
Bushfire research in Victoria has been enhanced with a series of new projects investigating fire behaviour, fire weather, smoke emissions and fire ecology to be undertaken by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.

Recent FireNotes

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Fire Note 122: This completed PhD research examined the role that warning fatigue plays in the risk perceptions, warning response and decision-making processes of people living in...

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Fire Note 121: This pilot research project applied the process of ‘place mapping’, a new approach for fire and land management agencies, to gain a better understanding...

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Fire Note 120: This research is investigating whether shorter, more frequent shifts are a better alternative to regular day and night shift rosters that are currently used by fire...

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Fire Note 119: January 2013 saw NSW areas around Yass, Shoalhaven and Coonabarabran impacted by large fires. At the request of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, the Bushfire...

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Fire Note 118: Better management of emergency incidents can reduce any adverse consequences on communities. This Fire Note discusses research into multi-agency emergency...

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Fire Note 117: The research findings presented in this Fire Note explain that different psychological processes between individuals drives their decision making....

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Fire Note 116: Large areas of southern Australia, especially along the east and west coasts extending inland, face above normal fire potential for the 2013-2014 fire season,...

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Fire Note 115: This Fire Note outlines a study on the amount of water needed as forests recover after fire. Research shows that after three years mixed species...