The recent rain and storms have doused dozens of deliberately lit fires in Victoria that are supposedly designed to make the state safer post-Black Saturday. The ramping up or even the continuation of an accelerated program of deliberately lit fires has happened almost in contempt of the Royal Commission, which was established to look at all aspects of fire management.

The Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission has heard from many academics and forest industry advocates in support of burning the bush deliberately and more frequently -- even a US-based scientist advocating the same based on experience in Florida!