National study profiles bushfire preparedness

Fire Note 133. The national research featured in this Fire Note investigated the community and householder characteristics that contribute to bushfire preparedness in Australia's bushfire-prone areas.

The findings are based on four separate but related studies (both qualitative and quantitative) conducted over two years in a total of 288 fire-prone communities across four states: Western Australia (WA), Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

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Study captures insights on bushfire risk and response

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 Bushfire CRC to conduct community-focused research with a number of communities hit hard by the 2013 bushfires in the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Port Stephens. The aim was to understand how people prepared for and reacted to these disasters and assist future development of emergency management responses, community education and public safety initiatives.

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Findings from the October 2013 bushfires in NSW

Resident experiences of the October 2013 bushfires in New South Wales' Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Port Stephens areas have been analysed in a report by the Bushfire CRC.
Research has been released following the Oct 2013 NSW bushfires
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Learnings from the Bushfire CRC

The change in the way that bushfires are managed has been strengthened by the extensive and concerted efforts of the Bushfire CRC.
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Awake, smoky and hot

Research on the potential impact of fatigue, smoke emissions and heat on firefighters working at bushfires will be discussed at the next Bushfire CRC Research To Drive Change online forum.
Awake, smoky and hot!
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Bushfire decision support toolbox radiant heat flux modelling - Case study three 2013 Springwood fire, New South Wales

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Glenn Newnham

This report details the third of three case studies used to explore spatial modelling of RHF incident on a house during a fire as an alternative of the AS3959 approach for hazard classification. This case study uses data collected during and after the fire that occurred at Springwood in NSW in October 2013. The study develops detailed modelling of radiant heat incident on houses using topographic information, while accounting for vegetation (fuel) structural variability across the landscape.


Fire In The Landscape

Fire and its impact on water and the atmosphere will be the focus of the next Bushfire CRC Research To Drive Change online forum later this week (12.30 pm Friday 29 August).
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Living on the edge

Missed the last Research To Drive Change forum? Living on the Edge is available for viewing.
Research To Drive Change
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