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Fire: Time to assess

By DEAN LAWSON
We wait with interest to see how authorities assess and respond to the ‘fall-out’ from a massive fire that turned the south-west Grampians from green to black within a fortnight.
As fire-fighters continue work to take the sting from the fire which started from a lightning strike, now is the time to consider whether fire-management strategies in the park are adequate or appropriate.
It also makes sense, as the fire continues to burn, to consider now how the fire will impact on tourism, business, livelihoods and wildlife, and to draw up response plans. We trust this is standard procedure.
By the time the fire took hold in earnest, creating an apocalyptic smoke cloud that dominated the southern Wimmera sky; the rumour mill had already been humming with scuttlebutt.
Off-the-cuff opinions and accusations about everything from a lack of preventative cool burns and fire-breaks to an overzealousness to appease a ‘green’ agenda flashed between telephones and across social media, coffee tables and bars as quickly as the fire took hold in the park.

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Posted on Feb 27 2013

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