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20 years ago, vast bushfires razed Canberra's suburbs – and bushfire science was never the same

By Andrew Gissing, CEO, Natural Hazards Research Australia, Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University
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It has been 20 years to the day since bushfires burst out of the Brindabella Ranges and into the suburbs of our nation’s bush capital. Four lives were lost, many people were injured and more than 500 homes were destroyed.

There had been big bushfires before, and there were bigger bushfires to come, but the tragic day in Canberra of January 18, 2003 marked a pivotal moment in Australian bushfire science.

Today, we know much more about how extreme bushfires behave, we have computer…The Conversation

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