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Former fire chief calls for paid firefighting reserve to fight mega blazes

Former fire chief calls for paid firefighting reserve to fight mega blazes

Australia must rethink how it battles bushfires supercharged by climate change, says Greg Mullins, who was the commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW for 14 years until 2017.

  • by Heath Gilmore

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Smoke smothers Sydney from planned burns in ‘favourable conditions’

Smoke smothers Sydney from planned burns in ‘favourable conditions’

Smoke from hazard reduction burns led to poor air quality readings in parts of the city on Thursday and a forecast of “fair” for the metropolitan region on Friday.

  • by Sarah McPhee
Former fire chief Greg Mullins faces the firestorm again

Former fire chief Greg Mullins faces the firestorm again

Fire fighting and standing up to authorities runs in the family for former NSW fire chief, now author Greg Mullins.

  • by Heath Gilmore
ABC bushfire drama is near perfect - but is it too soon?
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ABC bushfire drama is near perfect - but is it too soon?

The immersive six-part series Fires includes one of the finest hours of Australian drama I have seen.

  • by Karl Quinn
How the ABC’s landmark drama captures the heart-stopping horror of an inferno

How the ABC’s landmark drama captures the heart-stopping horror of an inferno

A triumph of casting and technology, anthology drama Fires tells an ‘enormous story in our nation’s history’.

  • by Debi Enker
Hazard reduction burns cause poor air quality in parts of Sydney

Hazard reduction burns cause poor air quality in parts of Sydney

Smoke lingered on Monday morning due to hazard reduction burns being conducted around Sydney’s fringe.

  • by Daniella White
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Fire tornado that killed firefighter during Black Summer sparked by lightning, inquiry hears

Fire tornado that killed firefighter during Black Summer sparked by lightning, inquiry hears

Samuel McPaul died when his fire truck flipped during a “fire-generated vortex”, with the fire beginning from a lighting strike the day before.

  • by Josh Dye
‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection
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‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection

Environmental groups say a new code allowing land clearing 25 metres out from fences will do little to aid protection against bushfires but could have devastating impacts on wildlife.

  • by Peter Hannam
‘Waves of fire’: The first Black Summer bushfire deaths

‘Waves of fire’: The first Black Summer bushfire deaths

The fire that killed Robert and Patrick Salway ripped the roller door from their shed and uprooted established trees.

  • by Harriet Alexander
The ‘extraordinary’ 35-kilometre sprint of a Black Summer bushfire

The ‘extraordinary’ 35-kilometre sprint of a Black Summer bushfire

The Badja Forest Fire raced 35 kilometres downhill in the course of a single night, killing six people.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Firefighters return from Canada blazes to prepare for COVID bushfire season

Firefighters return from Canada blazes to prepare for COVID bushfire season

The Australian contingent is now in hotel quarantine, having brought home several lessons from their overseas deployment about battling bushfires during a pandemic.

  • by Laura Chung