On this day, when New South Wales and Queensland are facing catastrophic fire conditions, these are very wise words from my very wise friend (and talented author) about fire in Australia are a must read.
I am also thinking of EllaD and the GO. Stay safe.
Photo courtesy http://www.wolaver.org/animals/ostrich.htm
I wasn’t going to write a bushfire post this year  because I thought there was no need, not with the devastating fires in NSW and QLD to focus everyone’s thoughts. But I’ve just been on Twitter and seen some of the misconceptions about bushfires.
So…here are some basics:
Fire needs just two things to burn: fuel and oxygen. However the size of that fire depends on many things:
- Dry fuel – makes a fire burn harder and faster. Fuel is made of up dry grass, leaves, small twigs and fallen branches that build up on the ground over time.
- Low humidity – i.e. moisture in the air and soil – makes a fire burn harder and faster.
- Strong winds – provide the oxygen to make a fire burn harder and faster. They also transport embers ahead of the main fire.
- Embers – land on dry fuel…
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