More to burn will burn more

The ODT confirms that the fire we witnessed near Butchers Dam yesterday (two posts back) was on conservation land.

About 20 hectares of the 813 estate was burned.

Shingle Creek farmer Jack Miller said the fire was “something that was just waiting to happen”.

The ungrazed conservation estate was a fire risk, he said.

“And when you lock up vast amounts of land like this, it becomes a huge fire risk for everyone,” Mr Miller said.

However Doc deputy principal rural fire officer for Otago, Trevor Mitchell, said:

. . . the fire risk and the dryness of the property was the same whether it was conservation land or farmland.

Who owns the property has no impact on how dry it is but that’s not the only factor which adds to the danger of fire.

 Farmed property is grazed. Most land under DoC management isn’t and at this time of year it’s covered in dry grass and scrub which provides more fuel for fires.

If there’s more to burn it will burn more.

3 Responses to More to burn will burn more

  1. JC says:

    “And that one talent which is death to hide
    Lodged with me useless”

    Milton could have been talking about DoC and associated aquisitiveness, land aggregation, land use, statism, absentee ownership, estates and so on.

    These have been huge issues at various times when they applied to the Govt, the aristocracy, rich men and big companies.. and it does seem that DoC has become their poster child.

    JC

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  2. Farmer Baby Boomer says:

    Potentially dangerous thinking by Doc. I understand there was a case in Australia where a man required to pay large sum for clearing vegetation around his house in contravention of bylaws. During the bushfires some of his neighbour’s houses were lost whereas his was saved.

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  3. gravedodger says:

    An undesirable side affect of the retirement to the ungrazed vegetation is the explosion of weeds that add considerably to the fuel available to wild fires. Gorse, broom, blackberry, wilding pines that in most cases were controlled by lease holders at considerable expense are now going to flourish under DOC (mis)management under the mistaken belief that a cover will be available for regenerating native species. Maybe the theory that we are creating a carbon sink will be fulfilled, however I see a potential disaster that will occur. The old adage “not if but when” will sadly apply and if any one thinks we had erosion under high country leases for livestock that lease surrender will stop, then “you aint seen nothing yet”

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