I've heard other notable firefighters say basically the opposite, only yesterday on the news being the last occasion, so there is still doubt there, I wonder who is correct?On Wednesday night I had six RFS crews in and out of my SES depot, going hard until 3am Thursday, taking sandbags to affected properties all over the Sunny Coast hinterland. In 5 hours we delivered five tonnes worth of sand (thankfully we'd spent three hours filling those sandbags on Tuesday night with the help of Eudlo RFS members).
I made a point of talking to as many of the crews as possible about the recent fires down south and they were unanimous in their verdict - no amount of hazard reduction burning would have helped. This fact has been repeated by senior emergency services personnel and is supported by relevant research.
So you can get out there and listen to - or be - the people who are directly facing this threat, or you can colour your world with Rupert Murdoch's lies and deflection and feel safe and happy in your little cottonwool castle.