It’s climate change, not ‘greens’ standing in the way of fuel reduction burns | John Thwaites

Higher temperatures, dryer fuel and strong winds in autumn and spring are making it unsafe to burnIn April 2005, a fire burnt much of Victoria’s beloved national park at Wilsons Promontory leading to the evacuation of holidaymakers from Tidal River. The fire was the result of a fuel reduction burn, which escaped 10 days after it was lit when the weather became hot and windy. I remember it well as I was Victoria’s environment minister at the time, responsible for the park and the burn.The then premier Steve Bracks was one of the campers evacuated. Related: Explainer: how effective is bushfire hazard reduction on Australia’s fires? Related: Disinformation and lies are spreading faster than Australia’s bushfires John Thwaites is the chair of Monash Sustainable Development Institute and ClimateWorks Australia and a former deputy premier and environment minister in Victoria Continue reading… … Read More

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