Current stories

Fire Australia Summer 2013 cover
Wed, 13/02/2013
The Summer 2013 edition of Fire Australia is out now, featuring Bushfire CRC research into improving firefighter health and safety on the cover, plus much more.
Fire Note 104 presents examples of social networks
Tue, 05/02/2013
Fire Note 104 presents examples of social networks, aiming to understand the quality and characteristics of a social network that can aid bushfire preparedness.
Financial Review article on Bushfire CRC funding
Fri, 01/02/2013
Many Bushfire CRC experts have been in demand from the media in recent times. View all the articles, radio interviews and TV appearances here.
Firefighter research needs you
Tue, 29/01/2013
A Bushfire CRC collaborative project aims to provide fire agencies around Australia with critical intelligence about how fireground conditions affect firefighters’ ability to work safely and efficiently. The project needs volunteer firefighters to participate in scenario simulations to help with the study.
Fears and myths in fire law
Tue, 29/01/2013
Since the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, litigation due to damage caused by bushfires has come into the spotlight. But just how common is bushfire litigation? A Bushfire CRC researcher has delved into the legal archives and produced a valuable resource.
Fire Note 103 explains the importance of urban and regional planning
Thu, 17/01/2013
Fire Note 103 explains the importance of urban and regional planning in managing bushfire risk.
Fire Note 102 explains the importance of a knowledge management system
Tue, 15/01/2013
Fire Note 102 explains the importance of a knowledge management system for the development of bushfire communication products. It shows the potential benefits of such a system for fire agencies, and outlines how the creation of a knowledge management system supports the Effective Communication: Communities and Bushfire project and broader bushfire research.
A Bushfire CRC research task force has been deployed to Tasmania
Mon, 14/01/2013
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.

In the media...

Newcastle Star
Mon, 30/09/2013
The Guardian
Fri, 27/09/2013
The Young Witness
Fri, 27/09/2013
Fri, 27/09/2013
Asia Pacifc Fire
Mon, 23/09/2013
Fri, 20/09/2013
ABC 612 Brisbane
Thu, 19/09/2013
ABC 612 Brisbane
Thu, 19/09/2013
Wyndham Weekly
Wed, 18/09/2013
Melton and Moorabool Weekly
Wed, 18/09/2013
ABC 720 Perth
Tue, 17/09/2013
Mon, 16/09/2013
The Age
Sat, 14/09/2013
The Standard
Sat, 14/09/2013
Green Left Weekly
Sat, 14/09/2013
Posted: 16 weeks 1 day ago

After 11 years, we are about to enter the last month of your Bushfire CRC. It has been an incredible journey since 2003.

For me, what has stood out the most, notwithstanding the ground breaking research, is the culture change the industry has undertaken throughout this period. At the heart of this has been the close partnership between the Bushfire CRC and AFAC. The...

Posted: 16 weeks 1 day ago

There is only a month left of the Bushfire CRC, but there is plenty of activity going on. The Research to Drive Change series has been launched, with two successful online forums held. Keep your eyes peeled to the...

Nathan Maddock
Communications Officer Bushfire CRC

Media Releases

Tue, 08/04/2008
Australia is at the forefront of research on community bushfire safety and resilience according to a new book. Community Bushfire Safety brings together in one comprehensive volume the results of the most important community safety research being undertaken within the Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre. Using perspectives derived from social science, economics and law, Community Bushfire Safety supports the increasing emphasis on community self-reliance and the vital role it plays in bushfire management.
Fri, 29/02/2008
The mallee and heath landscape of Ngarkat Conservation Park in south-eastern South Australia will be deliberately set alight next week in one of the largest and most comprehensive fire research exercises undertaken in Australia. Bushfire researchers from around Australia have converged on the park for a series of controlled burns under several separate research projects designed to improve fire management in South Australia and nationally.
Tue, 08/01/2008
Advice for people trapped in their cars during a bushfire has been updated with a groundbreaking study into what happens to a vehicle caught in the middle of a firestorm. The research initiated by NSW Rural Fire Service and conducted by Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre with CSIRO scientists, sought to determine the maximum heat load that a vehicle could face while remaining a safe haven for its occupants, both in terms of the air temperature and the air quality inside the vehicle.
Thu, 08/11/2007
Australia and New Zealand’s leading fire and land managers, research bodies and industry partners are meeting in Melbourne today to determine the future needs of fire research in Australia and New Zealand. The Bushfire CRC and the peak industry body, the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC), have begun to focus on the next Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) after the current seven-year term expires in 2010. The two organisations will lead a consortium bidding for new CRC funding to support the fire industry into the next decade.
Fri, 02/11/2007
The findings of Australia’s most extensive study to date of the behaviour of high-intensity bushfires in eucalypt forests – Project Vesta – provides valuable new tools and information for fire managers across Australia.
Mon, 29/10/2007
Emergency service volunteers and their partners or spouses are being asked to comment on how their volunteer community role fits in with their family life. “We know that volunteering as a firefighter or emergency worker puts a unique blend of pressures on volunteers and their families,” said Sean Cowlishaw, a Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre PhD student at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Recent FireNotes

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Fire Note 130 features the findings of four research projects on the impact of fire on water quantity and quality, as well as changing carbon stores (above and below the...

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Fire Note 129:  How do you motivate people living with fire risk on their doorstep to safeguard their properties and increase their chance of survival?  This research...

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Fire note 128: This research provides a broad conceptual framework to understand and progress the principle of shared responsibility in risk and disaster management.


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Fire Note 127: Understanding how a bushfire progresses from ignition to conflagration is essential to planning effective suppression strategies and issuing public warnings...

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Fire Note 126: An alternative approach to evaluating building vulnerability has been developed using a dynamic bushfire simulator. The approach creates sets of fire predictions,...

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Fire Note 125: Addressing the impacts of climate and global change on fire regimes is one of the most important strategic issues confronting bushfire managers in Australia. This...

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Fire Note 124: Fire managers have to face a multitude of competing priorities when considering how to reduce losses from future fires. With limited funds, an increasing population...

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Fire Note 123: This research developed models that predict the number and probability of human- caused bushfires per day in south west Western Australia from bushfire incident...