QUOTE(juber3 @ Dec 5 2002, 09:54 PM)
Can some/one please explain to me how burning an area can prevent a fire... that always puzzled me
Selected and contolled back burning of areas removes potentially flammable material and is usually done prior to summer.
It is not done every year and very much depends on how dry the winter has been and how much new growth has appeared from previous back burns.
It isolates the firestorms and allows them to be controlled.
I suspect this method of control is only undertaken in Australia because of the evolution of our fauna, much of which can only re-propogate through burning.
Our Aboriginals have been doing it for thousands of years.
However, it works for us in WA.