BURN­ING IS­SUE

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

THE co­ments made by Jen­nifer Moss (‘Fired up over pol­icy’, Re­porter, May 15), are fun­da­men­tally in­cor­rect.

The facts re­gard­ing haz­ard re­duc­tion burns are the greater the fuel build-up, the greater the risk of cat­a­strophic bush­fires. The pre­ven­tion of acts of ar­son are only a small part of the is­sue.

Bad pol­icy and peo­ple al­lowed decades of fuel buildup in Vic­to­ria and NSW, for ex­am­ple, and re­sulted in fires of such cat­a­strophic pro­por­tions that the work of vol­un­teer bush fire­fight­ers, a fleet of wa­ter bombers and ca­reer fire­fight­ers were un­able to suc­cess­fully pre­vent the car­nage that re­sulted.

Sci­ence and ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that the only way to min­imise the risk to wildlife and peo­ple is by way of pre­scribed burn­ing. There is ab­so­lutely no room for emo­tional and illinformed dis­cus­sion.

ED­DIE VAN RIJNSWOUD, Kala­munda

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