By Viv Forbes
A NSW Bushfire Enquiry concluded: “Hazard-reduction burns should be greatly increased”.
What a breath of good sense. If there is no fuel, there can be no fire.
They also urge a return to indigenous fire management. Aboriginals burnt anything and everything, at any time, for any reason. They had no water-bombers and seldom tried to put fires out, but they did understand back-burning. Their vegetation management created the vast and productive open forests and grasslands that supported large populations of marsupials and birds.
But tree huggers would never support this. They prefer scrub, weeds, pests and occasional fierce wildfires.