Tag Archives: New Zealand

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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NZ research presented at Portugal fire conference

Research being conducted as part of the New Zealand rural fire research programme was presented recently at the International Conference on Forest Fire Research (ICFFR) in Coimbra, Portugal. Using the 2017 Port Hills wildfire as an example, Scion social scientist … 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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Fire use survey findings

Scion’s Fire Research team has published another Rural Fire Research Update. Update #13 describes the findings from a survey on the use of fire as a land management tool in New Zealand. Fire is widely used for the removal of … 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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UAV hotspot detection

The latest Rural Fire Research Update (Update #12) describes research to develop methods for detecting smouldering hotspots using Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hotspot detection has been done in the past either by hand or with the help of infrared (IR) … Continue reading

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New presentation video uploaded

A video of a presentation by visiting fire scientist Mark Finney, of the US Forest Service’s Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, has been loaded onto the Rural Fire Research webpage. In this presentation, Mark describes their new theory on fire spread … Continue reading

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