Fuel Reduction Burns
lick below to see a fuel reduction burn at Clifton Creek.
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e now have the evidence fuel reduction burns undermine any area where they are applied by destroying diversity and regeneration of both flora and fauna in the short term. These deliberately lit, out of control fires do however, create more fire fuel that will burn more easily than if the natural forest and understorey are left to get on with being decomposed by insects and bacteria, or even burnt by out of control forest fires.
e also have evidence and many records of fuel reduction burns not being a "controlled" or "cool" burn. They are both escaped fire and very hot, and do not just burn the trash, but also the caterpillars of Oecphorid (dead eucalypt litter eating) moths. So fuel reduction burns become a self serving, self perpetuating form of destruction which will need to be carried out regularly, in every instance. Far too often and more than the forest would be burnt under normal conditions. This will destroy the forest from the bottom up and it will do this quite quickly, revolution rather than evolution.
Just as if
burnt by fuel reduction burn.
The picture above is the result of the 2003 forest fire on the road verge. This conclusion is the same as evidenced from any fuel reduction burn that can be seen on the roadsides in Victoria. The fuel reduction burn is lit more often and regularly than forest fires occur. Research into fuel reduction burns of road verges might find them to be desirable. But only by keeping the wildlife away from the worst possible interface with probable death on the road.
It does demonstrate that fuel reduction burns are not all that much different from forest fires, and by scorching or almost burning the leaves in the tree canopy, it creates more fire fuel for the next year as the leaves are jettisoned by the tree. So fuel reduction burns actually increase fire fuel and risk quite considerably.
uel reduction burns do not produce nutrient that will feed the forest environment. The first nutrient loss in a fire is nitrogen. Then ligneous material which, if allowed to be broken down by the living organisms of the forest floor, bacteria and fungi. Will create humus which will retain water and allow plants to grow. If the plants remain fresh they will be a fire retardant.
he Oecphorid caterpillars are maintaining and improving the forest floor environment and soil health. Fuel reduction burns kill these who break down the dried eucalypt matter. With their destruction, more fuel for fire accumulates. Before the population of caterpillars can increase sufficiently to reduce the fuel load, are burnt again by fuel reduction burns or a forest fire that may not otherwise have found fuel to burn.
his is a mad vortex created by bad forest management and flawed, incomplete science.
he erroneous idea that has driven the use of fuel reduction burns leaned heavily on the incorrect assumption that aboriginal people of Victoria burnt huge tracts of land. It was never questioned, based on early explorers interpreting smoke as burning land. Seeing burnt forest and assuming the Aboriginal first nation people of Victoria created it, hence the smoke. Not realising, or in later literature, ignoring the fact that many forest fires are created by lightning.
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t is also established during fuel reduction burns, all wildlife are at risk, not only the ground dwelling wildlife, even if the fire does not go viral. Some of each species are burnt to death or burnt so badly they have to be euthanased. This is mostly hidden from the public by those who are responsible for the fuel reduction burns from the bottom to the very top management. Any transparency about fuel reduction burns would cause an outcry that would not be stilled till it was governmental policy to never attempt again.
bviously fuel reduction burns which are never cool or controlled will destroy
shelter and food as well as animals and insects that are not only beneficial to
the forest, mercilessly rather than intelligently logged to put money in the
state government coffers, but also critical to the balance that is the
t has also been shown that some areas which don't lend themselves readily to
fuel reduction burns and where forest fire has been in abeyance for decades, are
burnt with the aid of some very suspect accelerants. These are a worry in their
own right apart from the fire they deliver. These burn deep into the ground and
wildlife who come in contact with them. In particular echidnas. There is a
school of thought that suggests these accelerants are in fact illegal to use,
even in war, and yet they are the instrument to burn difficult to light areas of
bove are the basic facts, but are these sufficient to demonstrate the terrible
cost, the enormous loss to the Victorian taxpayer? Hardly. They are cold
knowledge, ignored possibly because of this matter of fact description. As they
do not describe a blue tongue lizard writhing in the flames as it runs in
mindless pain deeper into the fire. Nor do they describe something that has been
brought forward by those who have heard it, the screaming of a koala as it's
burnt in a tree as the fire races up the trunk to consume anything in its
e have the ability and opportunity, with the technology we possess, to look at
the iniquities of fuel reduction burns and to discover what the authority in
Victoria, the DELWP, are not willing to research too thoroughly. That being in
part: discover what wildlife species we have in the areas that are going to be
burnt, who could be detrimentally impacted upon by an insidious, seemingly,
anything but harmless marching wall of flame. Reaming out or destroying their
homes, consuming their protective shelters and forage. Be it plant, insect or
other, being burnt or dispossessed. Such a fire might even directly wipe out a
species, by heat, flame and/or light.
hy is it, that human beings who are frightened of fire, the pain and
destruction it can inflict. Deliberately light a fire to create pain,
injure and kill wildlife, destroy their homes and immediate and often, long
term food source? Is there no empathy? Doing this is iniquitous and without
compassion of any kind.
uel reduction burning is not popular, nor accurate science, looking wisely,
widely and seeing where everything notches into the environment. Setting fire
deliberately in an attempt to reduce fuel is single issue science, very much
based on an incorrect premise that aboriginal people used fire as fuel reduction
burns and fire in general to manage the country they lived in. Further, this
idea has been tilted and corrupted to make it suggest it will protect people
and property to appease the general public. Another Furphy.
t is probably easier and less expensive than creating fire buffer zones round
larger population centres and fuel reduction burning private land that adjoins
he wildlife burnt or their habitat destroyed for no real benefit, by
fuel reduction burns are side issues to the DELWP. If considered at all, then
with any conviction. The state government has fire overlays that override
everything, including common sense. We also have a new federal government, even
less interested in the environment and our wildlife than the one that an
minimal vote has dispossessed. The current government will not
watchdog for the environment. This has been proven in the way it attempts to
undermine or remove all legislation that protects wildlife habitat and the
wildlife in general, if such a word can be used with wildlife?
t's well known that Aboriginal people did not
deliberately burn large tracts of country. This fallacy was possibly grabbed at by farmers to justify their fire lighting activity for the purpose of freshening the pasture areas they have claimed.
boriginal people did not have any modern fire fighting equipment, which has
also been shown in various instances to have limited effect when fighting fires,
and shouldn't be used when the fire is in the forest anyway. So any Aboriginal
clan or tribe wouldn't start a fire that might burn into the country of another
tribe or clan. That would be an act of war and there would be some serious
retribution delivered. Common sense is not the realm of science and in this case
bases it's reasoning on something that it hasn't researched. Reading the diaries
and journals of early explorers may not always be observation, but rather
nimal survivors of even the slowest creeping fuel reduction burn, and their
neighbours in the surrounding unburnt forest, will not go untouched by this
insidious, unruly fire. All will be disadvantaged as the refugees move into
already occupied territory to feed and find shelter. This will create an
enlarged population requiring a new order be established and stress the
inhabitants and the refugees. This influx will create heavier demand
on both, liveable accommodation and demand for food. The balance is upset
absolutely and may never be equalised again as fuel reduction burns are more
often, creating a constant upheaval which never allows an equilibrium to again
establish. Unlike forest fires which may never happen or happen between long
fire free intervals.
The grass is alight and burning it's way toward the trees. The
trees will get the blame but the grass is the fire vector.
Fallacy or Mendacity
he fallacy, possible mendacity when
referring to a “controlled
is legendary. Fire is not a pet dog that obeys a command from its
master. Fire has no master. The least damage caused by an escaped burn, which is
just about every fire lit as a controlled, or fuel reduction burn, or created
by natural causes as well. Is the destruction of private property. The greatest
tragedy of a burn of any sort, is the wildlife that gets burnt and killed
outright, or hide and die slowly from injury and those crippled and observed,
who have to be euthanased.
he evidence is shown at every fuel reduction
burn site, that the area so treated is
degraded and the fire has actually increased the growth of plants that are prone
to burning. The plants that need fire to regenerate encourage fire to become
widespread. These plants are an important part of the ecology which supplies
us with clean air and water. But with the first fuel reduction burn they
proliferate to an extent that's not natural creating a much greater fire hazard
and almost a monoculture.
ach fuel reduction burn after that, burns the
seedlings and decreases the seed bank in the soil even further. They increase
even more, and get burnt again and they should only ever germinate when there
is a forest or plains fire which occurs seldom. The hard coated seed of these
is adapted to lying dormant for decades before a fire and smoke will crack them
open and encourage their germination. A fuel reduction burn will
germinate some, but will also burn some.
f fuel reduction burns are not escaped fires and do no harm, why are wildlife
carers and shelter operators not informed when they are happening and allowed
access as observers? Especially those carers who have jumped through all, some
unnecessary, hoops that are required by the DELWP to have anything to do with
rescuing wildlife on fire ground? Wildlife carers go through all these training
courses and are still not given access to areas where fires are lit? This
appears very strange indeed.
o reference is made to “bush” in this text,
unless it slips in inadvertently. This term has been used by industry and
government to clandestinely degrade the forest and make it seem less valuable.
Apart from the timber it contains, the forest is all the more valuable because
of the wildlife that populates it. Though seldom observed and often ignored, so
as to be seen as not in residence, Terra nullius is not dead of course. Our
apologies to the people who really owned this land is not enough, because the
animals that allowed them to live on this continent still have no recognition.
“Bush” is not used for something as valuable as our unique, in every instance;
beautiful flora and fauna filled forests.
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