Tag Archives: fire risk

Fire Research website updates

With all the media coverage lately around the Nelson/Tasman fires, and future fire risk with climate change, Scion’s rural fire research programme has received lots of attention. In an effort to capture this, the Rural Fire Research website has been … Continue reading

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March seasonal fire climate outlooks now available

The seasonal outlooks of fire danger conditions for March-May 2019 are now available. This includes reports for each of the North and South Islands, as well as graphs of trends in fire danger conditions for weather stations in each region. … Continue reading

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Nelson forest fire puts Scion fire research in the spotlight

The major wildfire that has burned 2300 ha of forest and surrounding grassland at Pigeon Valley near Wakefield has resulted in much publicity for Scion’s rural fire research. Scion fire scientist Veronica Clifford worked as part of the Incident Management … Continue reading

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February seasonal fire climate outlooks available

Seasonal outlooks of fire danger conditions for Feb-Apr 2019 are now available. This includes reports for each of the North and South Islands, as well as graphs of trends in fire danger conditions for weather stations in each region. The … Continue reading

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Smoke forecast for Nelson forest fire

Scion has produced a forecast of smoke plume dispersal for the large forest fire burning in Pigeon Valley near Wakefield. The forecast was produced using the beta-version of a real-time smoke and fire spread prediction tool being developed by Scion’s … Continue reading

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Extreme fire dangers forecast next week

The latest weekly Fire Danger Forecast has just been produced. This warns of Very High and Extreme fire dangers in many areas of NZ during the coming week. Extended periods of very hot and dry weather over the past two … Continue reading

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More media coverage – risk of wildfires vs other hazards

The Scion fire team recently gained more media attention, with an article published in the January issue of North & South magazine (and online on Noted) on the risks from natural hazards to property in New Zealand. The story was … Continue reading

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Special journal issue on Port Hills wildfire

Scion’s Rural Fire Research team made a significant contribution to the latest issue of the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, which focuses on the February 2017 Port Hills wildfire. Social scientist Lisa Langer was a guest editor, and … Continue reading

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TVNZ weekly fire danger forecasts recommenced

Scion’s Rural Fire Research team has again begun producing weekly fire danger forecasts for airing on TVNZ’s 1News. The first forecasts aired last Friday and Saturday night (11th & 12th January) as part of the 1News weather bulletin, featuring just … Continue reading

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Two new videos on how wildfires spread

The recent wildfires in the U.S., and California in particular, have generated significant public interest in fires, and how they spread and can (or can’t) be controlled. Two great new videos, from the New York Times and Weather Channel respectively, … Continue reading

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