Extreme fire behaviour

This project is investigating firebrand and spotfire potential and behaviour under extreme fire weather conditions. It is studying, both individually and en masse, the propagation and transitions of behaviour as a fire develops and involves different fuel layers.

From this knowledge, information on expected size and extent of fire in the landscape, and suppression capacity, will be used to construct frameworks for determining the most effective allocation of suppression resources, on both a seasonal and incident basis.

Purpose-built scientific instrumentation, methods and protocols will be developed and deployed to collect high quality physical data from active high intensity wildfires to validate research results

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The change in the way that bushfires are managed has been strengthened by the extensive and concerted efforts of the Bushfire CRC.
Fire Note 127 - Fire cycle insights aid in bushfire
This research details the first comprehensive investigation of the factors influencing the lifecycle of a bushfire. The period between when a fire starts, and when it reaches its maximum rate of spread (its ‘steady state’) is the only time attacking the fire can be effective.
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Fire Note 123 details research undertaken to develop models that predict the number and probability of human-caused bushfires per day in south west Western Australia from bushfire incident records and weather data.
The panel sessions were a popular addition to the forum program
More than 75 researchers, end users, PhD students, land managers and industry representatives attended the seventh Bushfire CRC Research Advisory Forum on 23-24 October, held at the NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters in Sydney.
Fire Note 99 is investigating firebrands and their potential for spot fires.
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.
The pyrotron allows fires to be studied safely.
Large bushfires can be destructive, but how do they progress to this state? A team of Bushfire CRC researchers is investigating how bushfires develop.
Photo: Keith Pakenham, CFA
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The Australian National University and the CSIRO in Canberra were the venues for a Research Advisory forum in October.