|To:||Con Boekel <>|
|Subject:||Ben Boyd - news|
|From:||Martin Butterfield <>|
|Date:||Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:26:14 +1100|
I tend to agree with your conclusion, but have a few other scomments.
The key point is surely that if an expert assessment of the question "Do we have enough kit to stop this if it gets towards 'out of control'?" gives the answer "No." the correct response is to stop the burn. I suspect that in many cases the response arrived at is more along the lines of "We don't get many opportunities to do this so 'She'll be right.'" and the box of Redheads is produced.
It would be very interesting to know what proportion of fires are started by various means. While arson and lightning strikes are other obvious sources there have been a number of recent examples in which the term "controlled burn" has been a contender for oxymoron of the year. For some reason the States' Rural Fire Services and Parks Services never put out consolidated information about this (and anything that happened more than a week ago is not going to get media coverage).
I also think the response from the Manager is pathetic. He obviously has done no follow up to assess what damage was done, but just relied on the COG group to tell him there still some birds around. How that got translated into "...bird life is abounding ..." is bewildering. I have come across other comments recently along the lines of everyone in NSW Government is terrified of losing their job if they say the wrong thing.
On 13 March 2014 16:50, Con Boekel <> wrote:
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