How best to get out?
Getting out in a crisis is often harder than it looks. But science can help.
Throw another one on. Researchers tested plant flammability using a blow torch and barbecue.
You might think having trees around your home is the worst idea during a bushfire, but some plants can actually help repel fire.
An indigenous ranger burns vegetation in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
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European invasion completely disrupted the way aboriginal Australians managed fire. Learning from Australia’s first people could help us fight fires in the future.
The numbat, Australia’s equivalent of a meerkat, is one of the unique mammal species confined to the south west.
Sean Van Alphen
South west Australia is home to an astonishing number of plants and some of the country’s weirdest wildlife. Now we need to protect it.
Extreme fire events are pushing Australian wildlife towards extinction.
Recent bushfires have not just destroyed human lives and property, but pushed some species further down the path to extinction.
Pencil pines are found nowhere else in the world, and are extremely sensitive to fire.
Bushfires are threatening Tasmania’s World Heritage area and ancient plants, warning us of a possible future under climate change.
116 houses were lost at Wye River in Victoria, but nobody was killed.
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The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
The town of Yarloop was engulfed by an inferno on January 9.
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Why do people still die in bushfires? Recent fires have triggered a debate about emergency warnings.
Measuring a risk based approach to fuel management presents many difficulties.
Victoria is moving away from burnoff targets to a new strategy for managing bushfire risk.
Drought and deforestation have proved to be a volatile combination in Indonesia.
While Indonesia has taken steps to address the worst forest fires in living memory, a new palm oil alliance with Malaysia threatens to take a giant leap back.
The fire season is well underway in southern Australia.
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Australians are still underprepared for bushfires. And with fire seasons getting longer thanks to climate change we need to look at why people are still dying in fires, and what you can do to get prepared.
Huge fires in September and October burn the most land in northern Australia.
More land is burned in northern Australia during August and October than any other time of the year, and it’s not just a natural disaster.
Raging – and costly.
US National Parks Service
Federal agencies pay much of the cost to fight forest fires, which means taxpayers are subsidizing the risky practice of building more homes at the wildland-urban interface.
Coming to a forest near you?
A huge El Niño on the horizon bodes ill for drought and forest fire.
Fires, such as this one in eastern Sierra Leone, are an annual occurrence across Africa.
On the African continent, more fire for crops leads to less rainfall.
Thick smoke blankets the Indonesian peatlands.
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New early-warning systems are being developed and they’re warning of imminent danger.
Reading about the beauty and destruction of the bushfire may help us live alongside it.
Historically, bushfires have played an important role in Australian literature, adding a touch of exoticism in fiction written for readers back in Europe, while also offering insights into the dangers…
Arson has evolved from a wrongful individual act into an effective means of collective violence.
Murtada al Mousawy
We’ve been burning things for hundreds of thousands of years. Australian Aboriginals practised fire-stick farming to regenerate the soil and drive out animals for hunting. Yet manmade fires not only enable…
Canary grass is an invasive plant, but new varieties are still being developed for pasture.
Weeds cost Australian farmers around A$4 billion every year — and they are likely to do a similar amount of damage to the environment. In a new global survey published this week in Proceedings of the National…
Five years on, the bush and people are recovering well from the Black Saturday fires.
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Five years on from the devastating Black Saturday fires that swept through central Victoria in February 2009, research shows that people and communities are largely recovering well. In the first major…