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Understanding the volunteer
Issue No: 6
Australia has about 250,000 volunteer firefighters but for the past 30 years memberships have been declining. Fire agencies fear that a looming shortage of volunteer firefighters may degrade the provision of fire services.
Grassland curing under scrutiny
Issue No: 5
Grassfires are a significant fire issue in Australia and New Zealand. This project is developing better methods to assess the current and predicted levels of curing in grasslands as an input into fire danger rating systems and fire behaviour models.
Making decisions on the fireground
Issue No: 4
Bushfire CRC researchers have had ample opportunities to further their field research over last summer attending several major fires that occurred in New South Wales and Victoria.
Fuel dynamics and fire behaviour
Issue No: 3
The Ngarkat Conservation Park in South Australia has been the scene of Bushfire CRC research into fire behaviour and prescribed burning in recent weeks.
Dry slots fan the flames
Issue No: 2
Columns of super-dry air that reach the earth’s surface from high altitudes could be responsible for the extreme fire behaviour of some of the worst bushfires in Australia’s history.
Climate change impacts on fire
Issue No: 1
Fire and land management agencies in south eastern Australia will be able to better plan for changes in the severity and timing of bushfire seasons following the release of new research on possible climate change impacts.