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On the edge: how well do fire mitigation strategies work on the urban fringe?

Simmons, Dianne and Adams, Robyn 2004, On the edge: how well do fire mitigation strategies work on the urban fringe?, Victorian naturalist, vol. 121, no. 3, pp. 131-135.

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Title On the edge: how well do fire mitigation strategies work on the urban fringe?
Author(s) Simmons, Dianne
Adams, Robyn
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 121
Issue number 3
Start page 131
End page 135
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Place of publication [Melbourne], Vic.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0042-5184
Summary The reduction of loss of lives and assets during bushfire is one of the primary aims or lire management agencies. Traditional fire mitigation strategies include strategic fire hreaks, static water points, management of ignition sources, rapid detection and local response, air attack, and fuel reduction burning. There have been few quantitative studies that assess the success or these strategies. We need to promote 'new' strategies more focused on human hehaviour and community preparedness.
DeJcndable space provides our best strategy for reducing losses during major bushfires. The size or the defendable space depends on the type of house to be defended, who is defending it, and the spatial context of the property. In the urban fi'inge, remnant vegetation on private property often has
high conservation values, and application of traditional mitigation strategies, as well as the vegetation modification required to achieve defendable space, may have significant impacts on conservation and biodiversity values.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
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