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Fire. The Australian Experience

Fire on Earth in the form of volcanic activity pre-existed vegetation. It has most likely affected the environment since the first vegetation appeared. Lightning, volcanic eruptions and maybe even sparks from rock falls would have served as ignition sources from the earliest times.

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The Effects of Weather on Bushfires

Temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, atmospheric stability and rainfall are significant factors which will influence the way fires behave. They have a direct impact on the fire's ability to spread and consequently play a crucial role in defining the ease or otherwise of the fire suppression task.

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Fires in Pine Forests

Basic fire science holds true in that fuel type, arrangement and quantity together with topography, fuel moisture content (FMC) and weather all play significant roles in pine forest fires. Pine forests in NSW are mostly in plantations. Even aged forests present different problems for fire fighters and land managers through the various stages of the forest's development.

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2002-2003 Fire Season Statistics

Prevailing drought and weather conditions identified NSW’s 2002-2003 fire season as the most protracted and demanding in decades.

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Christmas 2001 Bushfires - Information & Statistics


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A State Ablaze - the January 1994 Bushfires

This publication is designed to place in context the events of December 1993 and January 1994 and to shed some light on the interaction between communities and their environments. Many communities were faced with a fire threat the like of which had not been experienced for at least a decade, with many people having never experienced such a fire storm before.

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Equipment Officer's Handbook

This Handbook is to provide guidance for you in your role as an Equipment Officer (EQO). It also provides a standard against which all brigades can measure their equipment maintenance activities.

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