There are lessons to be learned from the December 2006 wildfires in Victoria and Tasmania. There were also lessons from the 2003 South Eastern Australian high country fires but many do not seem to have taken notice.
First lesson is crystal clear, if we do not achieve greater areas of, timely, hazard reduction burns, when they can safely be done in winter and spring, then nature will do the burning for us, at her pleasure, as we have seen in December 2006.
Watching the media reporting it was obvious that many burning areas were overgrown with tangled and thick (probably weedy) understorey.
I recall two cases where mention was made that firefighters had been impeded by access tracks having been blocked and I have heard that Victorian land managers have been blocking tracks by dozer and use of fallen logs etc for near many years now.
What else should be done ? Not in any particular order of importance:
Quite enough for now and I have not even got to the media hype linking the fires with “global warming”.