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Understanding why people do or don't respond to warnings
Mon, 31/03/2014
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 bushfire-prone areas. The study showed that warning fatigue reduced attention to bushfire warnings, changing the way those surveyed thought about their bushfire risk and affecting their response to warnings.
Thu, 20/03/2014
Use and sharing of the Bushfire CRC’s first ebook, Making a bushfire plan? Involve you kids! is growing, with a number of organisations distributing and promoting the ebook when talking about making bushfire plans with communities.
Bringing fire science to you
Wed, 19/03/2014
Australia's leading fire researchers are bringing their knowledge direct to you with the Bushfire CRC seminar series, with free webinars scheduled throughout the next few months.
Exciting new features for Fire Notes
Fri, 28/02/2014
If you have noticed that Fire Notes now look a bit different, you would be correct. To assist you to organise, share and act, Fire Notes now have new features. These features will be included in all future editions, beginning with Fire Note 121.
AFAC 2013 Conference Logo
Fri, 28/02/2014
The formal proceedings of the Research Forum, held as part of the 2013 Bushfire CRC and AFAC Conference in Melbourne are now available.
Place mapping can help agencies & communities discuss fire risk
Fri, 28/02/2014
Fire Note 121 describes a pilot research project that applied the process of ‘place mapping’, a new approach for fire and land management agencies, to gain a better understanding of how communities in rural/urban areas perceive native vegetation in the context of their landscape.
Assist us with research into the October 2013 NSW bushfires
Fri, 31/01/2014
The Bushfire CRC and NSW Rural Fire Service are seeking your assistance with research relating to the October 2013 bushfires via an online survey.
Research has helped measure erosion following bushfires
Mon, 13/01/2014
What has been learned about how fire affects water supply, carbon emissions and smoke?

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Fri, 27/09/2013
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Asia Pacifc Fire
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Thu, 19/09/2013
ABC 612 Brisbane
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Wyndham Weekly
Wed, 18/09/2013
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Wed, 18/09/2013
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Tue, 17/09/2013
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Mon, 16/09/2013

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Posted: 1 year 2 months 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: 1 year 2 months 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...

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Media Releases

Fri, 24/08/2012
More than 30 researchers from universities and emergency management agencies across Australia and New Zealand will describe their latest work at the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre’s Research Forum in Perth on 28 August.
Thu, 23/08/2012
The 19th AFAC and Bushfire CRC Conference 2012 will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from 28-31 August, 2012, attracting more than 1000 people in emergency services throughout Australasia and high calibre presenters from around the world.
Fri, 15/06/2012
Shelford grassfire
ACT firefighters undergo stress tests with bushfire researchers
Mon, 14/05/2012
Fire at somersby falls
Emergency service agencies and scientists call for more research funding as a Climate Commission report predicts record heatwaves, bushfires and rising sea levels in New South Wales because of climate change.
Thu, 17/11/2011
The science and the politics of burning the Australian landscape to reduce bushfire risk and promote biodiversity is the subject of a new CSIRO Publishing book sponsored by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre to be launched in Melbourne next week by the Hon Bernard Teague, AO, Chair of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
Thu, 22/09/2011
Roleystone fire
Many Perth Hills residents recognised a bushfire was possible in their area before the February fires, but did not see it as a threat to their own lives or properties, a Bushfire CRC study of residents has found.

Recent FireNotes

Fire Note 137: In the 2003 Canberra bushfires, a number of unusual fires were observed in which bushfire spread sideways in a diagonal or crosswise direction to...

Fire Note 136: This Fire Note reports in more detail on the smoke dispersion modelling work undertaken as part of the Fire Impact and Risk Evaluation...

Fire Note 135: This Fire Note details research that estimates toxic emissions commonly encountered by firefighters extinguishing fires in semi-rural communities...

Fire Note 134: This Fire Note outlines research undertaken within the bushfire-prone communities of Roleystone and Kelmscott in the Perth Hills, about 45 minutes...

Fire Note 133: The national research featured in this Fire Note investigated the community and householder characteristics that contribute to bushfire preparedness in...

Fire Note 132: Offers a new way of thinking about bushfire preparedness and its measurement.  The study defines preparedness in terms of three householder goals:  stay and defend...

Fire Note 131: In October 2013, bushfires swept across parts of New South Wales, leaving a trail of destruction and loss. The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) commissioned the...

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 ground...