fire

  • Conversation

    From small dry things bushfires grow

    It’s vital to understand the flammability of litter beds.

    By Jamie Burton, Alexander Filkov and Jane Cawson, University of MelbourneThe 2020-21 fire season is well underwa...

    Earth December 17, 2020
  • Conversation

    We need to promote the right kind of fire

    Changing patterns threaten species with extinction.

    By Luke Kelly and Katherine Giljohann, University of Melbourne, Annabel Smith, University of Queensland, and Michael ...

    Earth November 26, 2020
  • A three-in-one flame with potential

    Researchers learn more about the intriguing blue whirl.

    Four years ago, a team of aerospace and fire protection engineers from the University of Maryland, US, described a un...

    Core Sciences August 14, 2020
  • Partner Content

    What happens to wildlife after bushfires?

    Key discoveries in how wildlife restores itself after bushfires.

    The area surrounding bushfires dictates what species survive and which thrive afterwards, an Australian study finds. ...

    Animals May 3, 2019
  • Soils hit hard by fire and logging

    Research shows the impact is much greater than we feared.

    Forest soils need up to 80 years to recover from fires and at least 30 years to recover from logging, far longer than...

    Nature January 23, 2019
  • Altered fire patterns put species at risk

    Fires are critical to ecosystems – but not always in a good way.

    History, landscape fragmentation and invasive species interact to influence species distribution decline in landscape...

    Earth January 7, 2019
  • Fire from above

    A satellite view reveals the staggering size of a wildfire.

    The Thomas fire was the largest in the modern history of California, tearing through more than 113,000 hectares of th...

    Earth Sciences July 22, 2018
  • Bushfire prevention: burning off doesn’t work

    Modelling reveals that the most common bushfire-prevention strategy has little or no effect. Andr...

    As wildfires continue to burn through California, and Australia – one of the most fire-prone countries in the world –...

    Climate December 14, 2017
  • Fire fountains on the Moon

    Moon rocks gathered by Apollo astronauts have been re-analysed and tell the story of a fiery yout...

    A 'fire fountain' at Hawaii's Volcano National Park gives an idea of what the Moon's fire fountains looked like in it...

    Space September 14, 2015
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