Bushfires occur through a number of factors:
- lit cigarettes tossed away
- prolonged heat and/or dry weather which causes vegetation to ignite easily
- strong, gusting winds
- a sudden change in wind direction
- lack of controlled burns prior to bushfire season
Most fire fighting authorities produce some sort of literature that focus on fire prevention, at home, at work, on the farm, in the bush. A lot of it is focussed at children.
People living in bush fire prone areas are specifically targetted and are encouraged to keep vegetation like grass away from their homes, avoid trees overhanging the house or being anywhere near the house, keep the gutters clear of dead leaves, be prepared during the summer months, and to have an evacuation plan.
Farmers would be encouraged to do all of the same things and plough fire breaks.
There are several government departments responsible for land management and performing fuel reduction burning off.
As part of the fallout from the Ash Wednesday bushfires and the ensuing Royal Commission and Inquiry, a great many laws were changed and others introduced to force municipal councils and home owners to take more responsibility for their own protection in the event of bushfires.
The Country Fire Authority of Victoria is a great advocate of fire prevention and a visit to their site could be helpful (refer to the link below).
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