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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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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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Funding for fire climate change research translation

Photo: Homes amongst wilding trees in the Queenstown Red Zone (Credit: Jamie Cowan). Scion was successful recently with a proposal to the Ministry for Primary Industry’s Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) funding round. The aim of this 18-month … Continue reading

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January seasonal fire climate outlooks available

The January 2020 seasonal fire danger outlooks have been produced, with the outlooks for each of the North and South Islands for January – March now available. These provide a heads-up on how fire danger conditions are tracking in different … 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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Seasonal fire climate outlooks available again

The first of the monthly seasonal fire danger outlooks for 2019/20 are now available, with the outlooks for each of the North and South Islands for December – February now available. These provide a heads-up on how fire danger conditions … 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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