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Australia’s Apocalyptic Fires Caused by Bad Land Management and Arsonists, Not “Climate Change”

Australia’s Apocalyptic Fires Caused by Bad Land Management and Arsonists, Not “Climate Change”

Like California, Australia limits clearing and controlled burning of forest fuel build up, and reports indicate that almost half the bushfires this season were set by people.

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Australia might be a half a world away from California, but the massive wildfires that have struck the country are still burning too close to home.

My sister-in-law’s family lives in the New South Wales town of Bega. They have been forced to evacuate, and we are praying that their home and the horses they were forced to leave behind remain safe. My brother-in-law has joined the firefight.

Last month, the United States and Canada sent firefighting teams to aid the Australian efforts. Joining these crews are 20 highly experienced California firefighters:

The Angeles National Forest crew will deploy from Los Angeles on Monday, the US Forest Service reports.

The US has sent dozens of managers to Australia already, but this team is thought to be the first that puts shovels in the ground to dig fire breaks, starts back fires with drip torch cans, and hikes dusty miles in rough terrain.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to reciprocate to our Australian brothers and sisters for the same assistance they’ve given us for many years,” said fire technician Jonathan Merager.

There has been a media push to blame “climate change” for the devastation (e.g., “Australia is Committing Climate Suicide“). However, several other factors are genuinely responsible for the disaster.

First off, Australians have adopted land management practices that are similar to those implemented by California…and we have covered the Golden State’s numerous, large-scale blazes regularly, including one that trapped me on an interstate in 2014.

It turns out built-up layers of dry eucalyptus twigs and leaves make excellent fuel. A warning given in 2015 seems to have gone unnoticed.

Forest fuel levels have worsened over the past 30 years because of “misguided green ideology”, vested interests, political failure and mismanagement, creating a massive bushfire threat, a former CSIRO bushfire scientist has warned.

Victoria’s “failed fire management policy” is an increasing threat to human life, water supplies, property and the forest environment, David Packham said in a submission to the state’s Inspector-General for Emergency Management.

And he argued that unless the annual fuel reduction burning target, currently at a minimum of 5 per cent of public land, “is doubled or preferably tripled, a massive bushfire disaster will occur. The forest and alpine environment will decay and be damaged possibly beyond repair and homes and people [will be] incinerated.”

The next aspect to note is that the Australian bush has been the focus of a great deal of arson in recent months.

NSW Rural Fire Service Inspector Ben Shepherd has revealed investigators are close to charging more than a dozen suspected arsonists believed to have deliberately lit bushfires as the state remains in the grip of an ongoing bushfire crisis.

With tireless firefighters continuing to battle more than 100 blazes across NSW, Mr Shepherd warned the RFS was working “hand-in-hand with police” and noted that the state has “some of the toughest arson laws and penalties” in the country.

It comes amid revelations at least 56 people have already been charged or cautioned with 71 bushfire-related offences since August, with 16 ongoing investigations into suspicious fires, including a blaze that threatened the rim of suburban Sydney in South Turramurra, on Sydney’s Upper North Shore, on November 12.

“There are a number of fires so far this season that have been lit with malicious intent,” Mr Shepherd told The Australia.

In a nutshell, reports indicate that people have deliberately lighting almost half the bushfires this season.

Finally, many native Australian birds are likely making the bushfire crisis worse.

The Whistling Kite, the Black Kite and the Brown Falcon are all known to use fire as a way to flush out prey from fields in Australia.

The birds’ behaviour has led to the nicknames ‘arson raptors’ or ‘firehawks’ as they are seen spreading fires by picking up flaming sticks and dropping them into dry fields to scare out smaller animals.

When the blazes finally go out, I hope the Australians will focus on the real causes of these blazes instead of those asserted by green justice warriors and eco-activists. Meanwhile, prayers are being said for everyone impacted by this disaster.

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Does anyone know the motivations of the arsonists? Just crazy people, leftists out to prove global warming, people wanting to burn their property for insurance?

Why so many arsonists? If you start a fire accidentally, you aren’t an arsonist, are you? You are just an idiot.

Occam’s razor for the win.

“First off, Australians have adopted land management practices that are similar to those implemented by California…and we have covered the Golden State’s numerous, large-scale blazes regularly,”

a case of monkey see monkey do.

maybe they should institute some practices that might have better outcomes like get goats to eat the brush, or if they can get them where the brush is, lawmowers.

I have heard of a second case where some one ‘violated’ the law and remove brush from their land, they got find 100k dollars but their dwelling was still standing.

I knew birds are really smart, but are they THAT smart? That is so fascinating! I love birds.

    drednicolson in reply to broomhandle. | January 7, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    One kind of vulture in Africa will crack open ostrich eggs by picking up a rock with its beak and throwing it repeatedly, even spiking it like a football over the top.

smalltownoklahoman | January 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm

One can hope that after this experience that Australia will reevaluate some policies and allow for better land management in regards to preventing these kinds of fires.

“Australia’s Apocalyptic Fires Caused by Bad Land Management and Arsonists, Not “Climate Change””

The very definition of MAN-MADE climate change. It’s a variation of TDS. If their prediction that Trump will destroy the economy doesn’t work out, they will destroy it themselves and blame Trump.

    The issue is not whether or not the earth is warming. It’s whether man is causing it. The “science” has been proven to be corrupted by one-worlders trying to impose a global political agenda by phony science, a strategy of intimidating scientists by threatening their funding/jobs, and bribing politicians.

    Thank you for asking.

    TX-rifraph in reply to Zachriel. | January 7, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    With the well documented corruption behind both the data and the models, I would not trust these numbers. Because I believe in science and integrity.

      TX-rifraph: With the well documented corruption behind both the data and the models, I would not trust these numbers.

      You would have to explain why independent data-sets show much the same trend, including ground and satellite observations, as well as ocean heat content observations.

        txvet2 in reply to Zachriel. | January 7, 2020 at 6:23 pm

        Once more, your charts are worthless without access to the work that produced them, and I’m quite sure you know it.

        txvet2 in reply to Zachriel. | January 7, 2020 at 10:08 pm

        You like links, so this link’s for you.

          txvet2: This chart isn’t either, without the background data.

          We provided the citation.

          txvet2: You like links, so this link’s for you.

          We cited the Journal Nature Geoscience, you cite a polemicist. In any case, he incorrectly suggests that warmer temperatures due to climate change have not exacerbated the problem in Australia. Temperatures across the continent are at record highs, consistent with the global trend over the last few decades.

          txvet2 in reply to txvet2. | January 8, 2020 at 1:22 pm

          Could be a difference in browsers or something, but nothing comes up but the naked chart. The link I provided wasn’t intended as a rebuttal, I thought you’d get a kick out of the bearded guy.

          txvet2: Could be a difference in browsers or something, but nothing comes up but the naked chart.

          The first chart is marked as satellite data from UAH and RSS. The ocean heat data is marked as updated from Levitus 2012 as posted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    mailman in reply to Zachriel. | January 7, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    This is actually irrelevant. Australia is a shitty hot country to begin with yet the root cause of these fires, as was the NSW fires a few years ago, is poor land management practices.

    The utter devastation could so easily have been avoided IF land owners were allowed to keep their land clear of fuel, fire breaks were kept clear, trees were not allowed to grow in to populated areas. But no, people are forced on pain of massive fines or potential imprisonment if they dared keep their land clear of fuel for fires.

    It’s like no one learned any lessons after the NSW fires and most certainly screeching like a retareded 16 year old child only guarantees fires like this will happen again with absolute certainty…but you know darling, you be you ?

      mailman: Australia is a shitty hot country to begin with yet the root cause of these fires, as was the NSW fires a few years ago, is poor land management practices.

      While land management is important, higher temperatures mean air, soil, and combustibles dry out, and are closer to their kindling temperature. That’s why there is a fire season, and why fires burn more intensely in the afternoon.

        txvet2 in reply to Zachriel. | January 7, 2020 at 6:40 pm

        No, land management is crucial. In fact, the whole purpose is to dispense with all of that tinder. But I will allow you this much: Most of these fires are due to human activity – or inactivity. Oh wait, that was the point of the article.

          txvet2: land management is crucial.

          Of course, and modern land management must account for global warming.

          txvet2 in reply to txvet2. | January 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm

          Frankly, I don’t think that arsonist are influenced by imaginary increases in global temperature.

          txvet2: Frankly, I don’t think that arsonist are influenced by imaginary increases in global temperature.

          No, but the ability of fires to survive and spread is closely related to temperature.

    txvet2 in reply to Zachriel. | January 7, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Your link: The page you requested was not found on this server isn’t worth much.

1. Aussies = Californians with accents.
2. Arsonists setting these fires: Can’t fix stupid.
3. Australian/Californian forestry management practices: See #2.

Eucalyptus sap is quite flammable. In very hot and dry conditions the trees are known to spontaneously combust on occasion.

Here in NZ, last week(s) as Aus fires really got bad; virtually all NZ “mainstream” TV and radio “news” were repeating their globalist mantra fires “due to climate change”. I heard that repeated often and everywhere.

Total.B.S. Actual news from Australia has something around 200 people under investigation for arson in 2019 some of which has cause the big fires.

Good post and thanks. While Aus voted in a more conservative gubmit, they really need to get RID of the greenie madness and bring back real/better forest management practices. Apparently huge Aus fires are common and Aus natives (Aborigines) managed for hundreds of years – by lighting fires.

Anyway “prayers” won’t help Aus, ending greenie policies will help….

My $0.02 from NZ…

I’ve read elsewhere that the local constabulary is expecting to find that closer to 85% of the fires are man-made.

The dysfunctional convergence of environmentalism, incompetence, negligence, and perhaps criminal intent is a first-order forcing of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change.

I have heard that some of the people who start fires do it because they want to be paid for fighting them.

I subscribe to a number of different YouTube channels, and one of them, a channel from a concerned UK citizen who is fighting to save koalas, featured this comment from an Australian reader regarding the fire: “the sad reality here in Australia beside the arsonists is that the government has banned to clean or burn controlled areas for more than 10 years. The government had been advised that a catastrophe may occur before the actual bushfire season. But green and labour did not allow the government to to it. Then we know the story. Over millions of years the aboriginal people had made controlled fires areas in winter and low temperature weather to avoid this. The government decided no to do it. That is the reality, if one to blame that is the government labour and Greens. They created laws to fine people who make controlled burning areas fires. Believe millions of dollars in fines if a farmer try to protect his property and animals. So sad! Now they are trying to blame climate change. This is NOT CLIMATE CHANGE, this is man made.” Same thing going on in California and the Pacific Northwest.

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