Current stories

DC-10 tanker
Tue, 05/10/2010
The DC-10 firefighting tanker jet trialled in Victoria last fire season will not return this coming season, after a comprehensive Bushfire CRC evaluation of its performance found the aircraft unsuited to Victorian conditions.
Fire Australia examines Royal Commission
Tue, 05/10/2010
In the Spring issue of Fire Australia – out now - we discuss the key findings of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and what they mean across the fire and emergency services sector.
Thu, 23/09/2010
This workshop gave participants a chance to be part of discussion to improve how we adopt quality research into agency practice and across the industry. It was an opportunity to gain greater knowledge of the quality work of three Bushfire CRC research projects, combined with facilitated discussion to further the implementation enabling improved safety of fire fighters and increased capacity of specific agencies and the industry as a whole.
Tue, 07/09/2010
Columns of super-dry air that reach the earth’s surface from high altitudes could be responsible for extreme fire behaviour in some of the worst bushfires in Australia’s history.
Mon, 11/01/2010
A new tool developed by a Bushfire CRC researcher from CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems sets aside the operational support roles of planes and helicopters, and focusses squarely on the attacking role of bombing aircraft, and how they might best be used to deliver fire suppressants including water, foam, gel and retardant.
Thu, 31/12/2009
Wildfire management experts from North America, Australia and New Zealand have recognized for decades that they share many commonalities. This recognition provided the motive for numerous informal visits and formal study tours on both sides of the Pacific over the years.
Wed, 23/09/2009
Characteristics of fuels and weather drive fire behaviour. These two back-to-back seminars provided an opportunity to hear from the researchers from across Australia involved in issues such as fire behaviour in shrublands, grassland curing and links to the Grassland Fire Danger Index, and evidence for the importance of fire in maintaining forest health.
Wed, 01/07/2009
Before the tragic February 2009 bushfires in Victoria Bushfire CRC researchers had looked at Australian bushfire fatalities over the past 100 years. Lead researcher Dr Katharine Haynes is a Bushfire CRC researcher at RMIT University and Macquarie University’s Risk Frontiers, was summoned to provide detailed evidence on the study to the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission in May.


In the media...

Posted: 10 years 1 month ago

After 11 years, we are about to enter the last month of your Bushfire CRC. It has been an incredible journey since 2003.

For me, what has stood out the most, notwithstanding the ground breaking research, is the culture change the industry has undertaken throughout this period. At the heart of this has been the close partnership between the Bushfire CRC and AFAC. The...

Posted: 10 years 1 month ago

There is only a month left of the Bushfire CRC, but there is plenty of activity going on. The Research to Drive Change series has been launched, with two successful online forums held. Keep your eyes peeled to the...

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