Blue Mountains burn in the name of fuel management

Posted by barbara on September 17, 2011

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Echo Point lookout on an unseasonally warm September Saturday

Anyone visiting the Blue Mountains today couldn't escape the fact that 'hazard reduction' burns were on the agenda. Tourists flocking to the iconic Echo Point lookout were especially treated to the unusual site of a series of low level fires burning in the valleys behind Mount Solitary.

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The Ruined Castle rock formation, pictured in the foreground to the right

To burn or not to burn? Finding the right windows of opportunity for large scale fuel management burns hinges on a host of factors, not the least the wind conditions. If the temperatures are too cool and the fuel too damp, the burns designed to reduce fuel may fizzle out. If the temperatures are too high and the fuel overly dry, there's always a chance that a 'controlled' burn may jump fire lines and threaten life and property. 

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