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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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Latest Tasman fire – predictions of what might have happened

Predictions of potential fire growth made by Scion’s fire team have been used to illustrate what could have happened during the latest Tasman forest fire. Veronica Clifford modelled potential fire growth using the Prometheus fire simulation model. One of her … 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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New Update on improving safety at controlled burns

Scion’s Fire team has produced a new Rural Fire Research Update (no. 15) highlighting farmer safety when undertaking controlled burns in NZ. The research, funded by Fire & Emergency New Zealand, followed the tragic deaths of three farmers in rural … 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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Nelson fire smoke forecast for Tuesday to Thursday

Scion has produced a further smoke model forecast for Tuesday (12th) through to Thursday (14th Feb.) for the Pigeon Valley forest fire near Wakefield, Nelson. Despite the fire being contained, large areas of fire activity and smouldering remain. Smoke hazard … Continue reading

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Latest Nelson fire smoke forecast

An updated smoke forecast has been produced for the Pigeon Valley fire near Nelson showing predicted smoke dispersion for today (Friday 8th) and tomorrow (Saturday 9th). This shows potential, if fire activity continues, for smoke hazard to impact Motueka and … Continue reading

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New smoke forecast for still active Nelson forest fire

The Pigeon Valley fire near Wakefield remains active, so a further smoke forecast has been produced. This latest forecast indicates smoke dispersion for overnight Thursday (7th) and Friday 8th February, and the influence of changing wind direction. If the latest flare-up … Continue reading

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Updated smoke forecast for Nelson fire

A second smoke forecast has been produced for the Pigeon Valley forest fire near Wakefield, Nelson. This provides an indication of where the smoke may go today and tomorrow. The smoke model run is for the fire burning in heavy … Continue reading

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