There is a case for burning some forests less often - as they did before settlement

By Jamie Brown
Updated February 3 2020 - 4:20pm, first published February 2 2020 - 7:00am
Wet forests can swallow fire and keep a mega blaze at bay but they must be protected from frequent burning if they are to be maintained, advocates fire scientist Dr Philip Zylstra.
Wet forests can swallow fire and keep a mega blaze at bay but they must be protected from frequent burning if they are to be maintained, advocates fire scientist Dr Philip Zylstra.

Plant diversity within a forest, not just its fuel load, is at the crux of predicting fire behaviour and Dr Philip Zylstra, Curtin University, says longer rotations between fire in some forests would make them less prone to burning.

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