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Paper published on weather conditions associated with the 2017 Port Hills wildfire

(Photo credit: Rebuild Christchurch) Scion rural fire research team members, with the help of collaborators at the University of Canterbury, recently published an article entitled: “A Meteorological Study of the Port Hills Fire, Christchurch, New Zealand”, in the Journal of … Continue reading

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Gorse research burns underway

After more than 18 months preparation, the first of the research burns in gorse scrub fuels have been successfully conducted. The burns are the second phase of experiments to test the convective fire spread theory, following the completion of crop … Continue reading

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Scion smoke model predicts more Aus bushfire smoke for NZ

Scion has continued its development of the New Zealand BlueSky Framework smoke forecasting model. In the latest runs, it predicts smoke from the Australia bushfires to impact NZ again over the next few days. The purpose of the NZ BlueSky … Continue reading

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Fire researchers on RNZ’s ‘Our Changing World’

(Photo credit: AFP) Members of Scion’s rural fire research team recently appeared on Radio NZ’s Our Changing World, speaking about the increasing frequency and severity of wildfires and how many NZers are underprepared. Scion’s Lisa Langer, Grant Pearce and Tara … Continue reading

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Second paper on Far North wildfire resident experiences published

A second paper on local residents’ experiences of the 2011 Karikari Peninsula wildfire in Northland has just been published. An earlier paper, published in 2017 in International Journal of Wildland Fire, looked at residents’ wildfire risk awareness, use of fire … Continue reading

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Scion’s fire research features in FGR annual research report

Scion’s Extreme Fire research was highlighted in the recently published Forest Growers Research 2019 annual research report. The Forest Growers Levy provides co-funding towards the Scion fire team’s MBIE Extreme Fire programme. The FGR annual update highlighted progress on: • … Continue reading

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Australian bushfires generate huge interest in NZ

Media coverage around the bushfires raging in New South Wales and Queensland generated significant interest here in NZ, not only from firefighters being deployed to help out, or those with families in or close to the fire areas, but also … Continue reading

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Updated versions of Fire Behaviour Toolkit available

This user-friendly software package incorporates the fuel and fire behaviour models developed by Scion’s Rural Fire Research group. The ‘NZ Fire Behaviour Toolkit’ is available in formats for PC, as well as Apple and Android smart devices. Versions have been … Continue reading

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Two recent magazine articles on fire research

Two further articles were produced recently on Scion’s extreme fire research. The first, “Pigeon Valley fire – New methods put to the test”, was published in the August 2019 issue of NZ Tree Grower magazine. This describes the research being … Continue reading

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Two new journal articles

Members of Scion’s Fire research team have had two journal papers published recently. A paper by Andrea Grant, Mary Hart and Lisa Langer on “Integrating volunteering cultures in New Zealand’s multi-hazard environment” was published in Australian Journal of Emergency Management. … Continue reading

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