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“As the smoke begins to clear, we’re seeing for the first time the unimaginable scale of Australia’s worst bushfire season.” https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-19/australia-bushfire-carnage-from-above/11879534

“Highly skilled Indigenous rangers use traditional knowledge and techniques, together with modern science and technology, to fight fire with fire and reduce the likelihood of large uncontrolled wildfires.” https://www.klc.org.au/indigenous-fire-management

“Indigenous Fire and Rescue Employment Strategy (IFARES) Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is proud to have Indigenous Australians serving as both permanent and retained (on-call) firefighters.” https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=9202

“First all-Indigenous NSW firefighting crews protecting sacred sites, remote communities” https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-13/nsw-launches-first-all-indigenous-firefighting-crews/11794392

“Australia's first all-Indigenous, all-female fire brigade, a highly-skilled bunch of mothers and grandmothers who can pull a strike-team together faster than wildfire.” https://www.nowtolove.com.au/news/local-news/indigenous-all-female-fire-crew-australia-62022

“Professor Pascoe was unavailable for comment on Saturday and was understood to be fighting bushfires in Mallacoota.” https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/ken-wyatt-defends-indigenous-author-bruce-pascoe-against-attacks-over-heritage-20200111-p53qnx.html

“How First Australians' ancient knowledge can help us survive the bushfires of the future ” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/11/how-first-australians-ancient-knowledge-can-help-us-survive-the-bushfires-of-the-future

…and for some perspective during the fires of 2016

“As destructive bushfires become more common there is increasing political discussion how we manage them sustainably. Inevitably these debates raise questions of the past ecological effects of Aboriginal fire usage. There are two well-known narratives about Aboriginal fire use.” https://theconversation.com/aboriginal-fire-management-part-of-the-solution-to-destructive-bushfires-55032

and then there is this…

“The mine, known as the China First project, would destroy the nature refuge, a fact acknowledged by Queensland's Coordinator-General in 2013 […] The tussle between the Bimblebox Nature Refuge and Waratah Coal's China First mine has been under way since the 2000s, but been overshadowed by Adani controversy, despite Waratah Coal's plans to haul four times the amount of coal from the ground as nearby Carmichael mine.” https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/last-ditch-plea-to-stop-clive-palmer-s-new-queensland-coal-mine-20200114-p53rga.html

(etc…)


see also: climate change