USA–– Sheridan’s County Commissioners approved two grants totaling approximately $65,000 to facilitate cooperation with the Division of State Forestry for wildfire mitigation. This means both private and public entities near Story can get help in the form of tax dollars to clear properties that sit in the path of likely wildfires. County Commissioner, Bob Rolston.
The cooperative agreements with the Division of State Forestry entailed $40,500 for general wildfire mitigation, and an additional $25,000 specifically allocated for the Stumpy Ridge area.
The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement
Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.