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Pôle Risques and the Bushfire CRC have signed an MOU
Wed, 07/11/2012
Bilateral bushfire research and development has been strengthened with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bushfire CRC and Pôle Risques, a French risk management organisation.
The Bushfire CRC had a popular display at the Safety Summit
Wed, 07/11/2012
Fire safety was the main point of discussion at the 12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit held in Sydney at the end of October. Sponsored by the Bushfire CRC, the summit attracted more than 100 delegates from around Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe.
Fire Note 99 is investigating firebrands and their potential for spot fires.
Mon, 22/10/2012
Fire Note 99 documents the first stage of the Firebrand potential and spot fire initiation project. The results of this project will enable fire managers to better understand the process of spotting, assist in identifying when spotting will be a hazard and provide a basis for predicting its occurrence and maximum distance.
Fire Australia Spring 2012 cover
Thu, 18/10/2012
The Spring 2012 edition of Fire Australia is out, featuring stories on the Bushfire CRC seasonal bushfire outlook, a look at the extreme fire behaviour research project and an extract by Jerry Williams from the annual Bushfire CRC and AFAC conference on the growing threat of fire.
Bushfires are becoming more complex and expensive to manage.
Wed, 17/10/2012
Context is everything in today’s wildland fire debate. This paper focuses much attention on the dry forest types in the Western United States—which means Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and associated species. These forests are where many of our worst wildfires occur. I want to use these short-interval fire-adapted ecosystems to make some points about the relationship between their dynamics, our management of them, and the wildfire outcomes that we should expect.
The pyrotron allows fires to be studied safely.
Wed, 17/10/2012
Large bushfires can be destructive, but how do they progress to this state? A team of Bushfire CRC researchers is investigating how bushfires develop.
Australian seasonal bushfire assessment 2012-13
Wed, 17/10/2012
Determining the expected bushfire potential across the country is a scientific process. The Bushfire CRC recently brought together fire and weather experts from around Australia to discuss the upcoming bushfire season.
The stakeholder workshop attracted more than 80 participants.
Thu, 11/10/2012
Shared responsibly and what this means was discussed at a stakeholder workshop conducted by the Bushfire CRC, RMIT University and the Emergency Management network of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility earlier this year.

In the media...

LaTrobe University
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RN Drive
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The Conversation
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The Age
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Bush Telegraph
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New Zealand Herald
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SBS
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Mandurah Mail
Fri, 31/01/2014
Bush Telegraph
Mon, 27/01/2014
702 ABC Sydney
Fri, 24/01/2014
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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: 1 day 14 hours 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: 1 day 14 hours 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

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 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...