Bushfires In Australia Essay

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How do bushfires start in Australia?

There are a many causes of a bushfire some as a result of natural events and others caused by human activities. In Australia alone we have more bushfires than anywhere else in the world. Humans used fire for warmth and preparation of food for as long as we know. At some stage in time humans started using fire’s for more, hunting. By burning fields we could change them into grass lands thus make hunting a lot easier, but doubtless we soon discovered that fire cannot be controlled by man.
Deliberately light bushfires have a unique pattern, a clear pattern in timing and location of when the bushfire occurred. When trying to understand deliberately light ...view middle of the document...

Approximately 59 of all the bushfires in Australia over the past year where caused by people who leave a fire unattended. Non- Deliberately light fires usually ignite between 1 and 4 pm. Not a lot of people seem concerned when dumping there cigarette buds or matchsticks’ out the window, obviously forgetting the fact that this action can cause major disaster. Annually approximately 41 of all fires started in Australia are caused by cigarette buds and matchsticks trough on the ground and not executed properly. Dead leaves, twigs, dry grass, etc. are referred to as dry fuel. Broken bottles and mirrors left out in the open are known as objects that can easily ignite a fire by having sun light shine on them casing dry fuel to spark up. . Another accidental cause of bushfires is Agricultural Fire. Agricultural Fires are often used by farmers to kills unwanted weeds and remove rubbish and crop debris. But on many occasions these Agricultural Fires have led to Bushfire because the flames are left unattended, flames become out of controlled or wind can pick up flames and cause spot fires. Accidents such as these could have easily been avoided if the right precautions were taken.

Arson is the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property with the intention of causing damage. Bushfires caused by arson can lead up to a substantial amount of damage to Australia. It has been estimated that bushfires cost Australia approximately $1.6 billion a year. A person who commits arson is called an arsonist. There are various reasons for an individual to commit arson such as; revenge, insurance claims, hiding evidence, covering up a previous crime, suicide, murder and sometime even terrorism. Arson is a verily easy crime to commit and conceal. The Australian Government (Antony’s Generals Department) has determent that approximately 54,000 bushfires are reported annually and that around 50 % of these fires are deliberately or suspiciously light. Arson is a serious crime and heavy penalties apply ranging from 10 to 25 years of prison. Arson is separated into degree’s and based on the degree a penalty is given. First degree arson- “A typical statute might make the building of an inhabited dwelling house at night.” Second degree arson- “The burning of a building close enough to a dwelling do as to endanger it”. Third degree arson – “the burning of any structure with an intend to defraud an insurer thereof” (http://legaldictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Arsonists)

http://www.bushfirecrc.com/managed/resource/bushfire_arson.pdf
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