Explosive logging suspected in bushfire

Explosive logging suspected in bushfire

20 March 2008

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — Forestry Tasmania expects an investigation to confirm a logging operation is responsible for a bushfire which started in the state’s south-west this week.

The fire near Lake Gordon has burnt 20 hectares of bush within one kilometre of the World Heritage Area.

The Derwent District Forest Manager, Steve Whiteley, says it appears the blaze began after explosives were used to clearfell a tree.

“We take weather readings you know we assess the risk of fire in this particular case it appears that some of the rot within the tree was drier than the surrounding vegetation that had been dampened down by rain,” he said.

“So it’s one of those things where the investigation will give us the full details but that’s what the indications are at this stage.”

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