Understanding fire law

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Fire Note 82: Fire agencies and the community need to understand the limit of the law as it applies to fire planning and emergencies and to advocate for reforms to ensure that the legal system does not impose undue burdens on communities that must live with the risk of fire.

This research has reviewed the findings of post-event inquiries, judicial decisions and insurance claims to identify how law is applied to the fire ground and to determine if legal principles are an impediment to effective fire management.

This Fire Note is part of the Bushfire CRC Extension Understanding Risk research program. The lead author is Dr Michael Eburn (pictured above) of Australian National University.

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