The fires have raged on during this infamous Australia summer of 2019/20. When one fire had been successfully doused, another one had already flared and was destroying hundreds of hectares of the Australian countryside. In all my years I have never known a summer like it. There are myriad reasons for the bushfires, starting with an unrelenting drought, lack of once regular hazard reduction burning and human intervention. Climate change is also thrown up by environmental activists as a cause for bushfires, but if true there are still more precise terms that would better help reduce a repeat of what we’ve seen in the 2019/20 summer. It’s those precise and singular facts that we’re searching for in a bid to uncover exactly why there has been so many bushfires in the summer of 2019/20.
The drought has taken a massive toll on farmers in Australia and it can’t be denied that the summer we’re currently experiencing is unequaled in the last 20 years. Large tracts of land in northern NSW have been so starved of sufficient rainfall that towns have been calculating ‘day zero’ (end of water supply) scenarios since mid 2019. Towns in that dreadful predicament include Tenterfield just south of the Queensland border, Tamworth, Dubbo, Cobar, Nyngan, Narromine and more. District councils in the aforementioned towns and surrounding regions have imposed water restrictions on constituents to extend water self sufficiency. Tenterfield announced level 4.7 Water Restrictions in November 2019 and they remain in place to date. Meanwhile, Tamworth remains on Level 5 Water Restrictions, meaning that residents cannot use treated council water for outdoor watering. Residents are also restricted to washing vehicle windows and number plates with buckets (of water). It can’t be denied that the land is dry.
There has been little discussion in the media of the decrease in hazard reduction burning (fires intentionally lit in low bushfire risk times to prevent future catastrophic fires) carried out by fire safety services and individuals. It is a fact however, that hazard reduction burning has been prevented by National Parks & Wildlife Services, Forestry Corporation and the Rural Fire Services according to Bronwyn Petrie a councillor for Tenterfield. Her family owns 25,000 acres and she says, fuel loads have increased as rules have gradually made it more difficult to manage fire safety. Some of the impractical rules around agricultural burning require owners to have a “hard edge” in order to carry out burning. Petrie explained that a hard edge meant there must be a road or a fence to act as a firebreak. In her interview with taxpayer funded broadcaster ABC, Petrie stated that sometimes, “. . . it is impossible to have a hard edge, because of the nature of the terrain.” The criteria to obtain a Fire Permit include; evidence of a fire break, a review of vegetation by authorities and also a review of the aspect of the property and surrounding area. Check the convoluted Fire & Rescue NSW website for further information.
Conversely there are some that say hazard reduction burning would not be effective or that it is no cure-all. New South Wales Rural Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons is one that believes this. Recently he said:
“Hazard reduction is absolutely an important factor when it comes to fire management . . . but it is not the panacea . . . This season under these extremely drought driven conditions, the depletion of moisture in the landscape, the vegetation that is so dry, hazard reduction burns that are only two years old, we’re seeing these fires on these bad days, just skip straight through it.”
Environmental scientist Cormac Farrell also believes hazard reduction activities aren’t that important. In an article on the ABC News website Farrell made the point that it was difficult for fire authorities to find the window of time when hazard reduction work was viable. As you could imagine, during winter, conditions on the ground could be too damp, and during other seasons there is the possibility that the ‘controlled burn’ gets out of control. His words were, “it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find that balance between the risk of reducing fuel and maybe losing control of the fire.” Such a point runs counter to the notion that science and technology would make things easier and more manageable. But Farrell is a scientist that retweets twitter comments of rabid green social justice warrior and member of America’s Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I have no doubt – as I am sure you the reader have no doubt – that some inside the environmental sciences and environmental studies institutions have a leftist, anti-capitalist ideological bent. This trickles down to the research subjects they choose and the findings that they publish.
The notion that climate change is responsible for the spate of bushfires is at the very least conflating the reality of a region in drought, with a simplistic term. If you look at the definition of climate change from encyclopaedia Britannica, it defines it as:
Periodic modification of Earth’s climate brought about as a result of changes in the atmosphere as well as interactions between the atmosphere and various other geologic, chemical, biological, and geographic factors within the Earth system.
CLIMATE ALARMIST APOCALYPTO
After reading that definition, I could say for example that, ‘yesterday’s chilly conditions were brought by climate change.’ Can anyone than say that I am lying? Are there not changes in the atmosphere on a daily basis? Now they can quite easily and accurately claim that drought was a result of climate change, which in turn led to the bushfires. The control of language allows climate cult leaders immeasurable powers. But some research can ease you of any concerns that the world is actually coming to an end. The Victorian bushfires of 1851 were especially fierce and tragic. An article in the Melbourne Argus from 1857 warned of the likely repeat of those fires with more severe casualties. Stating that standard bushfires could be stopped with a cattle track of just a foot wide, the severe fires of Black Thursday driven by powerful winds leapt across rivers, the author warned that when such fire returns, “its ravages would be more extensive than ever, in as much as the country is more thickly settled ; there are more fences and home-steads, and stacks and stubble-fields to burn . . .” Additionally if you still believe our current weather conditions are unheralded, you can take a look at the data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology – but not often advertised – giving rainfall records since 1900.
Finally we come to human intervention. In an article in November 2019, the Sydney Morning Herald actually published a study that stated 87 percent of bushfires were man made. This runs counter to the recent human intervention denier piece on Good Morning Britain. The British morning tv program had Australian MP Craig Kelly on the show – supposedly to discuss the bushfires – only to use the segment as an opportunity to push their global warming – climate change hysteria. Host Piers Morgan said, “You’re facing right now one of the greatest crises you’ve ever faced and there is you, Mr Kelly, with respect, a senior politician who still doesn’t think this has anything to do with a heating up planet, nothing to see here, nothing to worry about . . . ” The globalist mouth-piece had his offsider Laura Tobin also make some scurrilous claims about world ending temperatures, saying, “At the moment we want everyone in the world to commit to lower our global temperature rise. You have the second highest carbon emission per person on earth and you are burying your head in the sand. This is a climate emergency.” Meanwhile, in Australia the communists at the ABC have been playing the disinformation game using numbers to confuse and dazzle the naive. In one story they told us only, “. . . 24 people had been charged over deliberately-lit bushfires this season,” in New South Wales. This is an attempt to distract the populace from the facts, and retrain them in the globalist climate change ideology.
The headlines don’t give the full story. Remember – even in a separate ABC article it was stated – that arson is very hard to prove. They said, “Assessing the extent to which bushfires are caused by arson is tricky.” Later in the article they then claimed that arson was not at unprecedented levels. What they fail to mention is that many arsonists get away with the crime. And by distracting the people’s focus to a so called small number of arsonists, the people then buy the climate change lie. Arson only related to deliberately lit fires. The facts that need to be hammered home are that 183 people have been arrested this season for fire related offences, including failing to comply with total fire ban and discarding lit cigarettes onto land. That constitutes a lot of human intervention.
To conclude it would be helpful for the reader to remember that we have had one of the driest calendar years on record (2019). Weather patterns fluctuate, and that can be witnessed by looking at the Bureau of Meteorology rainfall records (please print for your children). Hazard reduction burning has been hampered by national parks and other environmental institutions. Drought and reduced hazard reduction burns are a recipe for disaster that human intervention – be it intentional or accidental – brings to fruition. Don’t believe the mainstream media that thrives on making alarmist statements and terrifying people into watching their news segments. Don’t believe politicians like Sarah Hanson-Young who made apocalyptic claims that “South Australia was burning” and that we were experiencing a “. . .climate emergency.” A full inquiry into the bushfires of 2019/20 may finally bring about change and reduce the harmful green tape putting Australians at risk.