The Australian National University is doing a fine line in the bleeding obvious today announcing findings that not building houses in bushland will reduce the chances of them burning down:
ANU researchers say Australians should avoid building homes in bushland, in order to reduce the risk of homes being destroyed by fires.
“House losses and unnecessary deaths will continue to increase in Australia if we keep building homes in bushfire-prone areas,” Dr Gibbons says.
With the bushfire season well underway, Dr Gibbons and Associate Professor Geoff Cary, from the Fenner School of Environment and Society, have released their views on the homes most likely at risk of being destroyed by fire this season.
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Most house losses during bushfires in Australia have occurred within 100 metres of bushland – and virtually all losses within 700 metres of bushland—so their results are most relevant for people living in these areas.
It does make one wonder however, how many houses in Canberra are further than 700 metres from bushland?