A friend of mine who is a major science Professor in Australia wrote this about the bushfires in an email to me recently:
Largely due to extended drought and inability to carry out fuel reduction burns in winter due to a number of reasons.
Lack of investment at state and federal level into fire filters to do back burns.
Mostly due to ideology of progressive left that back burning kills fluffy animals so we lock up the forests, especially the case for kangaroo island.
People seem to have forgotten that the first French and English explorers described the east coast of Aus as being perpetually shrouded in smoke from forest fires.
I had been thinking that I may have to do some serious research and write an accessible article on the Australian bushfires, but I don’t think I’ll have to now that James Delingpole has done a pretty good job with this article.