Report On The 1939 Fires

After the 1939 fires in Australia, there was a commission set up to study what happened and what could have been done differently.

  1. The fires were man-made
  2. There was a long drought followed by extreme heat
  3. Almost the entire state of Victoria appeared to be on fire on January 13
  4. It was dark as night at midday
  5. The amount of controlled burning was “ridiculously inadequate” 

Report of the Royal Commission to inquire into the causes of and measures taken to prevent the bush fires of January, 1939 and to protect life and property and the measures to be taken to prevent bush fires in Victoria and to protect life and property in the event of future bush fires.

Two days earlier was the hottest day on record in Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide.

11 Jan 1939 – HOTTEST DAY ON RECORD IN THREE CAPITALS Seven Deaths: Many People Collapse – Trove

All the same mistakes were made again, with the same results.


As reported by Anthony Watts, Financial Times prefers dictatorship to controlled burns.

FT: “Democracies are ill-suited to deal with climate change” | Watts Up With That?

If we did that, we could have a safe climate like China, the world’s #1 producer of CO2 emissions.

25 May 1987 – CHINA Massive flooding as forest fire rages – Trove

Climate Goals Pledged by China and the U.S. – The New York Times

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5 Responses to Report On The 1939 Fires

  1. Analitik says:

    Nice assembly of evidence that this “Climate Emergency” is all about power rather than the environment

  2. richard says:

    The rot really set in when-

    “After World War II, missions towns and cattle stations lured Aboriginal people away from their homelands with promises of work and education. [2] Fire management stopped with severe consequences for the land”

    Source: Cool burns: Key to Aboriginal fire management – Creative Spirits, retrieved from

  3. Brian D says:

    Nearly 200 arrested in relation to the fires. Sad.

    And of course the fuel load issue. If we are not going to allow the God-given natural process of fire to keep our forests clean, then we have to do it. If we keep them clean, then even arson isn’t that much of an issue.

  4. DRB says:

    Or reduce the number and area of national parks and allow grazing, preferably goats.
    Put those areas up for ballot as in the past, very successfully, with restrictions in order to manage the areas properly and efficiently. That would virtually eliminate burning and the devastation fires cause.

  5. Daniel says:

    Unfortunately the ‘pacts’ that our governments have made with the UN to force massive forests regrowth accompanied by almost nil hazzard reduction have and will continue to cause such problems.

    The agenda appears to be to allow total control under a new world order….

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