How should we manage bushfires into the future?

Two radio interviews from Dec 2019 are posted here.

How should we manage bushfires into the future?

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With bushfires burning across Australia since early spring, the current fire season is re-defining the way Australians think about wildfire.

As forests and landscapes burn where they’ve never burnt in European memory, the role of climate change has been hotly debated.

The Prime Minister says everything will be on the table when he next meets the state Premiers in March.

So with firefighters exhausted, resources stretched and climate change shrinking the limits for safe hazard reduction burning, what are the new approaches for managing bushfires into the future?


David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, University of Tasmania;

Phil Zylstra, Adjunct Associate Professor, Curtin University;

Lesley Hughs, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Science, Macquarie University

Broadcast in RN Breakfast with Cathy Van Extel on 26.12.2019.


Fire expert encourages vigilance over festive season

As Australia grapples with the scale of the bushfire emergency, an international fire expert is warning people can no longer expect crews to save their property.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has made it clear they can’t send a fire truck to everyone who calls for one.

David Bowman is Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science and is the Director of the Fire Centre at the University of Tasmania.

He tells PM our entire approach to the fire season needs to change.

Broadcast in ABC PM on 6.12.2019.


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