A burning issue: Forest fires make more fires

The most comprehensive analysis ever performed of fires in the Australian Alps has revealed that fire has made the forests more likely to burn. Frequent fire increases the risk of fire and of ecosystem collapse in mountain forests, which are highly vulnerable to climate change.

‘My research contradicts one of the central assumptions in Australian fire management – that forest simply accumulates fuel over time and becomes increasingly flammable,’ says Dr Philip Zylstra, a research fellow from the University of Wollongong.

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