Hot tips for fire readiness

McLean, Vivienne
November 2007
New Zealand Tree Grower;Nov2007, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p27
The article presents tips on fire preparedness for forest owners in New Zealand. According to John Rasmussen of the National Rural Fire Authority (NRFA), the fire risk management process begins with the very first decision as to which species to plant and where. For instance, eucalypts are a high fire risk because of its flammability. Options for reducing risk include choosing species with a lower risk of burning, planting a buffer of less burnable native species and clearing gorse from near or under the trees. Once a fire start, wearing proper clothing is important in fighting a fire. It is important to know the local fire authority. Insurance is also important to any forest owners.


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