📑 1851, 1939, 1961 and 2009: Four devastating fires that offer lessons we can’t afford to forget

Bookmarked 1851, 1939, 1961 and 2009: Four devastating fires that offer lessons we can’t afford to forget (ABC News)

Professor Pyne says it’s important to understand the big picture.

He says many people often ask what’s driving the fires, “but fire is a driverless car”.

“It’s a reaction, it integrates everything around it. So it’s just barrelling down the road, and it may come up on a sharp curve called climate change or a tricky intersection where town and country cross or a lot of road hazards from logging debris or past land practices, and it integrates all of those,” he says.

“It’s not just one thing, there are many. And the way they come together varies, place by place. So you need a finer-grained understanding of it. But this also means that there are many points of intervention possible.”

Monique Ross and Annabelle Quince discuss how we got to today. This is interesting to read alongside Kevin Tolhurst’s reflection on 57 past bushfire reviews.

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