"Fire management in Australia is approaching crisis point. Seasons such as the
Black Summer three years ago showed how our best efforts in fire-fighting and
prescribed burning are insignificant in the face of a changing climate.
But what if forests have their own tools to manage bushfire risk, and we could
tap into them?
We know long-unburnt mountain forests in south-east Australia are far less
fire-prone than more recently burnt areas. And forests in south-west Australia
have the lowest fire risk when they’ve not been subjected to prescribed
Our study just published set out to understand why this occurs, by modelling
fire behaviour in iconic red tingle forests of south-west Australia. Our
findings offer a clear set of tools for living with fire, even in a warming
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics