Bushfire Front: A Picture Tells a Thousand Words

Bushfire Front: A Picture Tells a Thousand Words. By Roger Underwood.

Some people say that prescribed burning doesn’t work. This photo was taken with a drone by Garry Squires last week at Orbost, in East Gippsland, Victoria.

It clearly shows how the bushfire defoliated/decimated the forest on the right side of the picture, then ran out of steam as it hit the forest to the left which was control burnt the previous year.

The reduced ground fuels in the recently control burnt forest meant the raging crown fire scorched some trees in the burnt area then fell to the ground where it was easily controlled or petered out.

If State authorities are able to strategically control burn about 8% of their forested areas each year, fierce bushfires can be kept in check.

Burn each area at least once every 10 years, to keep the fuel loads down.