Tag Archives: wildfire

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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Scion research features in climate change coverage

Scion climate scientist, Nathanael Melia, was asked for comment recently on the fires in the Amazon basin. He provided comment for the Science Media Centre, and was also interviewed on Radio NZ. Nathanael made specific mention of the important role … Continue reading

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Northland fire hui and fair day

Working with whānau from Ngāti Te Aukiwa, the Waitaruke Marae Committee and Fire & Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), scientists from Scion and Te Tira Whakamātaki (The Maori Biosecurity Network) hosted two days of fire-related events on 2-3 August, with the … Continue reading

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New video on NZ fire experiments

A video on the New Zealand-led research to test the new theory of convective fire spread was produced recently, for use at the National Field Days. The video was aired as part of the joint science display by Scion, Landcare … Continue reading

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