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Robert De Ligt presents at the forum
Thu, 09/05/2013
Researchers and end users met in Melbourne this week to discuss “Contemporary Challenges in Managing Bushfires”. The forum was organised under the joint Bushfire CRC and AFAC professional development series.
End users can travel to conferences to promote their utilisation research
Mon, 06/05/2013
Travel grants of up to $3000 are available for end users to discuss and promote their organisations use of Bushfire CRC research at major international conferences.
Photo - Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA
Mon, 06/05/2013
Fire Note 108 outlines community preparedness research conducted into the bushfires that occurred in the Perth Hills in February 2011. It examines the link between several potential predictors of why residents prepare for a bushfire and different types of bushfire preparedness activities.
Photo - Carrol Preston, Department of Sustainabilty and Environment
Tue, 23/04/2013
Hot temperatures, high winds and low humidity are important factors in bushfire behaviour. Predicting these complex weather interactions is the goal of a Bushfire CRC project being led by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Fire Australia Autumn edition cover
Tue, 23/04/2013
The Autumn 2013 edition of Fire Australia is out now, featuring Bushfire CRC research into understanding the extremes of fire and weather on the cover, plus much more.
PhD students from around the world are enhancing fire research in Australia
Tue, 23/04/2013
Postgraduate students from around the world are bringing a diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge to enhance fire research through the Bushfire CRC.
Clear guidelines for planning in new housing areas is needed
Tue, 23/04/2013
Clear guidelines for planning in new housing areas are needed to respond to the issues facing emergency management now and in the future.
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Mon, 22/04/2013
Fire Note 107 discusses an action research program that was developed around the Tasmania Fire Service’s Community Development Pilot. Findings from the pilot have facilitated the wider adoption and implementation of community engagement principals into broader Tasmania Fire Service community education programs.
Posted: 15 weeks 3 days 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: 15 weeks 3 days 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, 26/05/2009
Are our volunteer firefighters fit enough? This is one of the questions to be addressed at the Pathfinders: the Innovators Conference in Canberra this week (May 26–28). Eight early career scientists have been selected to present their research results at the conference, organised by the Cooperative Research Centres Association.
Wed, 06/05/2009
The manager of Great Southern Limited’s Gippsland plantation estate, Brendan Pippen, has been seconded to a specialist body which is investigating the devastating recent Victorian bushfires.
Mon, 02/02/2009
The Bushfire CRC is accepting donations to further its research program – the centre is on the Register of Environmental Organisations with the Australian Government’s Department of Environment, Water Heritage and the Arts. Donations to the Bushfire Research Fund are tax deductible.
Mon, 12/01/2009
Australia’s peak fire management and research organizations are calling for ongoing support for scientific research to deal with the bushfire threat to our communities. Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of Black Friday, Victoria’s highest fatality bushfire events. From December 1938 to January 1939, fires burnt around two million hectares, causing 71 fatalities and destroying more than 650 buildings. The fire severity peaked on Friday January 13 - Black Friday.
Wed, 10/12/2008
Key research findings into understanding the health and wellbeing of firefighters will be presented to the Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH) on Thursday 11 December. According to Deakin University PhD candidate Jenni Raines, who is conducting her research in conjunction with the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, bushfire fighting is unmistakably a hazardous occupation.
Mon, 27/10/2008
The events of the 2006/07 Great Divide Fires will be remembered on Tuesday 28 October when "Wildfire in the High Country" is launched. "Wildfire in the High Country" is a collection of reports, stories, letters, poems, art works and photographs from the fires compiled by the Mansfield Writers’ Group.

Recent FireNotes

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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...

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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...