Fire managers have to face a multitude of competing priorities when considering how to reduce losses from future bushfires. With limited funds, an increasing population to protect from bushfire, and more people living in bushfire-prone areas, fire managers face a significant resource allocation challenge. Knowing which bushfire-risk mitigation strategies provide the best value for money is therefore potentially of great benefit.
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). Among its key findings, the research shows that controlled burning in fire-prone eucalypt (mixed species) forests in and around major water catchments is unlikely to have an impact on water supplies. Traditionally, it was thought that all forests recovering from fire took a lot of water from adjoining water catchments and reservoirs.
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Fire Note 124 details case studies undertaken in Central Otago, New Zealand and the Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia to understand which bushfire risk management strategies provide the best value for money in these locations.
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 to protect from bushfire, and more people living in bushfire-prone areas, fire managers face a significant resource-allocation challenge. Knowing which risk-mitigation strategies provide the best value for money is therefore potentially of great benefit.
This article was published in the Winter 2011 edition of Fire Australia magazine.
Planned fuel-reduction burning remains one of the most controversial issues in managing forests and lowering the risk of bushfires to people and property. A new book takes a comprehensive look at the subject. Bushfire CRC communications officer David McLoughlin reports.