Land management must change

So we have another round of major hot bushfires around Licola again in 2013.

This is after fires in 1998, and 2006, yes just six and eight years apart with some places burnt out three times.

We had the recent $93 million Royal Commission recommending that five per cent of the forests have fuel reduction every year and the present government siding with these recommendations.

The mathematics just don’t add up, perhaps someone could enlighten our politicians that we may have a problem.

The most concerning aspect with this present round of fires is that so far we have not had anything like one day of bad fire weather.

The environment has been so trashed and is so dangerous with this failed green land management that even under benign conditions it can be too dangerous to fight a fire on a lot of Crown and public land.

There is even more concerns where the environmental movement is coming from.

On the Snowy and Howitt Plains in the Alpine National Park, above Licola, there is kilometres of dead ancient single trunk snow gum trees.

This was from fires under benign conditions in 2006 among an appalling fuel load from the breakdown of firstly aboriginal burning, then the environmental movement pushing for the removal of alpine grazing and burning.

These were trees of enormous significance, there is only a handful left, but soon with the on going management there will be none.

Green environmental management protecting the environment has become about as close as it gets to the perfect failure.

Of most concern is the areas on the western edges of the high plains in the park. We have a new phenomenon of elevated fine fuel to carry an inferno.

This has been more like a high speed grass fire, rather than a slower moving bushfire.

There are two other serious issues compounding the fire risk.

Firstly, there is an enormous build-up of snow grass from the removal of cattle grazing and the demise of small grass eating native animals like paddymelons, from fox and cat predators.

Among all of this is the alarming build-up of candle bark (like nothing I have ever seen before) from trees that have shed bark after being burnt in 2006.

This bark, with massive up drafts from a fire in this fuel, will carry spot fires under the right conditions to light up from Heyfield right around to Bairnsdale and far out onto the Gippsland Plains past Sale.

Our politicians need to get the message that absolutely none of this is acceptable, as the fire ball is clearly in their court.