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