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Firefighters work in smoky conditions
Tue, 01/04/2014
Bushfire CRC research has helped to understand what is in the smoke, particularly smoke from bushfires at the rural–urban fringe.
Bushfire CRC PhD students at the AFAC and Bushfire CRC conference in Perth, 2012
Tue, 01/04/2014
The Bushfire CRC scholarship program has so far produced 45 PhD graduates—with more to graduate in the next few years—ensuring the future of Australian fire research.
Firefighters extinguishing a grass fire
Tue, 01/04/2014
The concept of shared responsibility was a key theme of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, and it is still a hot topic around the emergency services water cooler.
Fire Science
Tue, 01/04/2014
Fire, weather and bushfire modelling experts gathered in Adelaide in late 2013 to discuss the latest scientific developments. Bushfire CRC PhD student Mika Peace joined them.
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.
Making a Bushfire Survival Plan? Involve Your Kids
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.

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
SBS
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: 4 weeks 2 days ago

More than a decade ago, Australia and New Zealand embarked on a coordinated fire science program through the Bushfire CRC – the first such effort to include a broad scope of scientific disciplines that was nationally coordinated and addressing user needs.

The bushfires of the scale experienced on Black Saturday in 2009 raised many research questions for...

Posted: 10 weeks 1 day ago

As the research is progressively completed in coming months, communicating the outputs to partners will be the major focus of the Bushfire CRC. This is an exciting time, and we aim to make it as easy as possible for both end users and researchers. Two final reports are already complete, for the...

Nathan Maddock
Communications Officer Bushfire CRC

Media Releases

Wed, 11/12/2013
Community research is underway in NSW following the October 2013 bushfires
The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre have been engaged by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service to conduct independent community research into the October 2013 bushfires.
Wed, 04/12/2013
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Residents in several NSW regions are encouraged to contribute to a major research program which commences this week, looking into recent fire activity in the area.
Wed, 27/11/2013
Coonabarabran 2013 fire aftermath 2
Resident experiences of the three most challenging bushfires from January 2013 in NSW have been analysed by the Bushfire CRC.
Wed, 23/10/2013
Two books have been launched by the Bushfire CRC
Highlighting the breadth and depth of Australia’s national bushfire research program, two books have today been launched by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).
Mon, 02/09/2013
Decade of fire science on show at Research Forum
The latest in fire science from around Australia and the world will be showcased at the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre’s Research Forum in Melbourne today, Monday 2 September.
Fri, 30/08/2013
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More than 1700 fire, emergency service, and land management staff will meet with fire researchers at the milestone 20th annual Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and 10th annual Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre next week (2-5 September).

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...