CORE DANGER/SAFETY FACTS OF FIRES IN VEGETATION:
• the more dense the vegetation, the more intense the fire.
• the more intense the fire, the more radiant heat, flames & ember shower
• the more radiant heat, flames & embers, the more danger to lives and homes
A dangerously cluttered garden
CORE ACTION TO TAKE TO INCREASE SAFETY
THE MORE RADIANT HEAT, FLAMES &EMBER SHOWER
• Have paths between house walls and plants.
• Thin out clutter. Space garden beds.
• Replace flammable mulch with granitic sand, pebbles, or road-metal crushings.
• Populate garden beds with low flammability succulents and vegetables.
• Replace rough barked eucalypts with smooth-barked trees.
• Replace highly flammable native plants with fire resistant species e.g. European deciduous
• Plant dense canopied European deciduous trees near, and on the firewind side of buildings. Such trees absorb sparks and embers and so can protect roof and walls.
If you think that replacing ‘native’ gardens with introduced species spoils a fashionable environmental concept – think about whether it is better to spoil that than to spoil lives and townships by having a fire-welcoming garden.
THINK ABOUT THIS
• We are an introduced species.
• Our livestock, our pets are introduced species.
• Roads and cars are foreign to the environment.
• Our houses are foreign to the environment.
• Our lifestyle is not ‘native’.
• Why ought their gardens be ‘native’?
• A ‘native’ garden does not keep your property ‘natural’. It keeps it endangered.
• Thoughtful planning, preparation, some changes, and regular maintenance is protective.
• Bushfire can’t burn what you’ve cut back.
• It can’t burn bare earth or gravel paths.
• It can’t ignite trees if there’s nothing growing under them.
• Fire resistant plants can help keep bushfire at bay.
(The Complete Bushfire Safety Book has an eight-page list – some of which are ‘native’)