There’s a big difference between cultural burning and the destructive clearing fires largely promoted by the Forest Service.
When Phil Sheppard was evacuated from his home due to the fires raging through his area in Hunter Valley, he watched in horror from a safe distance. Upon his return home, he was amazed to see his hut was still standing. The only property in the general area which did not have the protection of cultural burning (performed 3 years ago) was completely destroyed.
“Unlike hazard reduction burning, cultural burns are cooler and slower moving, usually no taller than knee height, leaving tree canopies untouched and allowing animals to take refuge from the flames. Small fires are lit with matches, instead of drip torches, and burn in a circular pattern.”
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