Tasmania Burning: Lessons from the global bushfire crisis — University of Tasmania Public Event

Stanley Burbury Theatre
College Road
Sandy Bay Campus
University of Tasmania
27 Feb 2019

The University of Tasmania and the Fire Centre co-hosted a public seminar followed by a panel session on the 2019 Bushfires. A Keynote Address was given by Dr Crystal Kolden, University of Idaho, followed by a panel discussion.

Here’s a recording of the event for those of you who missed it:

More than 40 bushfires, ignited by massive dry lightning storms, burnt 200,000 hectares – or 3 per cent of the state – throughout January and February. The impact could be second only to the deadly 1967 fires that decimated Tasmania. Climate change will inevitably produce more bushfires under more extreme conditions in many countries around the globe. New approaches and mitigation measure will be needed to avert a major disaster.

Visiting Scholar Dr Crystal Kolden is Associate Professor of Fire Science at the University of Idaho, a US state that experienced major wildfires in 2012 and 2017. A former wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service, she has seen the devastation fire can cause first-hand. Dr Kolden will be joined by an expert panel, including:

  • Professor David Bowman, Director, Fire Centre Research Hub
  • Jason Jacobi, General Manager, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Sandra Whight, Director, Community Fire Safety Division, Tasmania Fire Service
  • Associate Professor Fay Johnston, Menzies Institute for Medical Research