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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 05:55 PM

Australia's indigenous people have a solution for the country's bushfires. And it's been around for

Australia's indigenous people have a solution for the country's bushfires. And it's been around for 50,000 years

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/12/world/aboriginal-australia-fire-trnd/index.html?

(CNN)The fires in Australia have been burning for months, consuming nearly 18 million acres of land, causing thousands to evacuate and killing potentially millions of animals.

They're showing minimal signs of slowing down. The Australian state of New South Wales, where both Sydney and Canberra are located, declared a state of emergency this week, as worsening weather conditions could lead to even greater fire danger.
But a 50,000-year-old solution could exist: Aboriginal burning practices.

Here's how it works.
Aboriginal people had a deep knowledge of the land, said historian Bill Gammage, an emeritus professor at Australian National University who studies Australian and Aboriginal history. They can feel the grass and know if it would burn well; they knew what types of fires to burn for what types of land, how long to burn, and how frequently.
"Skills like that, they have but we don't know," Gammage said.

Aboriginal techniques are based in part on fire prevention: ridding the land of fuel, like debris, scrub, undergrowth and certain grasses. The fuel alights easily, which allows for more intense flames that are harder to fight.
The Aboriginal people would set small-scale fires that weren't too intense and clear the land of the extra debris. The smaller intensity fires would lessen the impact on the insects and animals occupying the land, too, as well as protect the trees and the canopy.



Lots of small controlled burns somehow at lower temperatures than how fire departments are doing it. It's labor intensive and expensive and they can't seem to replicate how the indigenous people do it.

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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 06:15 PM

1. my late dad worked for the boisie inter agency fire cache in the field of wildfire science .

one of the items that came out of that research was prescribed burns , my heart goes out to u in au. may be empty words to some , but that is all what i can do. why not hire some of the bush people and let them do it.

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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 06:24 PM

2. Native Americans did the same... especially in the forested woodlands East of the Mississippi. nt

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