Tag Archives: fire risk

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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December seasonal fire outlooks available

Note there was an error in the weblink included in the previous version. The seasonal outlooks for fire danger conditions over the next three months (Dec Feb.) have just been produced! These provide a heads-up on how fire danger conditions … Continue reading

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Fire programme receives gold!

Crop stubble research burn as viewed through infrared imaging. Scion’s Extreme Fire research programme has been awarded a Gold rating by the Ministry for Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) for its performance and progress over the past 12 months. Less … Continue reading

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Communicating fire danger for behaviour change

How much do the familiar fire danger rating signs and other communication methods actually change people’s behaviour? Scientists from Scion’s Rural Fire Research Group have looked at how fire danger communication can influence behaviour to reduce wildfires. This work was … Continue reading

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November seasonal fire outlooks available

The seasonal outlooks for fire danger conditions over the next three months (Nov-Jan.) have just been produced. These provide a heads-up on how fire danger conditions are tracking in different parts of the country as we transition from spring into … Continue reading

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Radio interview on extreme fire and climate change

Interest in wildfires and possible links with climate change is extremely high at present given the international wildfire situation, which includes devastating fires in Portugal, Greece, California and other parts of the world. Fire scientist Grant Pearce had the opportunity … Continue reading

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Recent climate change paper generates renewed interest in future fire impacts

Projections of the annual frequency of Very High and Extreme (VH + E) forest fire danger over the fire season months. A paper recently published by Scion scientists has generated renewed interest in the potential impacts of climate change on … Continue reading

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