The Bushfire Season got off to an early Start

02 Dec 2022 by FireCrunch

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Concerns are mounting about the upcoming bushfire season after the ACT experienced its driest June on record and sixth driest July since 1982. The new head of the ACT Bushfire Council, Sarah Ryan, said recent weather conditions had prompted concerns about the bushfire threat in the capital.

“We are more concerned about the upcoming season than we were last year,” Dr Ryan said.

“There’s been very little winter rain throughout south-east Australia and it’s been quite warm, so it’s expected that the fire season this year will be more hazardous.”

This alarming concern has been amplified across the other states, as Western Australia’s firefighting brigades are preparing for what they predict will be a dangerous bushfire season.

Furthermore, LESS than one in five West Australians living in fire-prone areas have a bushfire protection plan, alarming new research by the State’s fire department reveals.

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan described the figures as “frightening”, saying: “The ferocity of a bushfire is like nothing you have ever experienced. It is hell on Earth. You need a plan.”


The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) northern outlook report, released in late July, predicted above-normal fire potential for western and northern Queensland and Western Australia and throughout parts of the Northern Territory’s centre and north.

Dr Blair Trewin, Bureau of Meteorology Senior Climatologist, said no matter what policies governments adopted today, climate changes have been locked in for about the next 30 years.

The senior climatologist said Australia’s Forest Fire Danger Index has been rising and the length of the fire season has also been increasing, with fire danger likely to increase throughout the 21st century due to climate change.

He said unprecedented heat events are becoming more common, with temperatures more than four degrees above previous records.


The Bushfire Season got off to an early Start






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With a Fire Resistance Level of (FR) 90/90/90, FireCrunch is ideal for bushfire protection when building in bushfire prone areas ( FRL 30/30/30) and can withstand temperatures of up to 1200 deg C. As an environmentally friendly, low CO2, sustainable all in one building board, FireCrunch is the smart and dependable choice. Ideal for country cottage “timber look” & meets Max (BAL FZ) capability in Bushfire Areas.


Source: ABC News, Perthnow, Canberra Times

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We focus on CSIRO fire tested and NATA Labs approved building boards that go above and beyond certifications in a progression to future-proof construction and high rise residential and commercial buildings today.FireCrunch acknowledge the major threat of all fires and the need for bushfire resistant building boards to protect lives and homes against bushfires which destroy many homes every year in Australia.FireCrunch meets the major threat of ALL fires and the need for bushfire resistant building materials to protect lives and homes in areas to BAL FZ for which it certified.Our goal is also to protect and strengthen homes and properties from such unpredictable threats. Our CSIRO fire tested and approved building boards are unique and totally different to conventional so called fireproof plasterboard products. FireCrunch is high impact and termite resistant, whilst maintaining a very low carbon footprint of only 5% compared to cement based and plasterboard products.Magnesium Oxide (MgO) / Sulphate FireCrunch is an innovative Magnesium Oxide (MgO) composite using only Magnesium Sulphate supplement (MgSO4) and not the metal corrosive Magnesium Chloride which is contained in all MgO available in Australia to date.Victorian Fire StormsBlack Saturday 2009 was Australia’s most damaging bushfire in Victoria, with the death toll being 173. Over 2000 homes were destroyed and It was from these horrific scenarios that the team at FireCrunch decided there needed to be a change, a change giving people the opportunity to build their houses with a more sustainable and fire-resistant building material.We have this FCA material fully tested to the most aggressive BCA requirements under AS1530.4 (C1..C19)-/ 2025  and also as shown in the real time CSIRO video, showing it will ensure buildings constructed with this FireCrunch product will survive fire storms. It was tested in real time live full scale bushfire simulation test by the CSIRO and subsequent additional tests shows FCA meets AS 1530.8.1.2 BAL FZ and the VERY aggressive AS1540.4, 1000 deg C wall systems fire test for 1.5 hours FRL 90/90/90.See our Safety Data Sheet (SDS) more information about the benefits of FireCrunch.FireCrunch – Building Board of the FutureAS1530.4 (C1..C19)-/ 2025   FRL 90/90/90.FIRE SEPARATION WALL, SYSTEMS FIRE TESTED BY THE CSIRO, A NATA ACCREDITED TESTING AUTHORITY FOR (BCA) Building Code of Australia TESTING COMPLIANCE.FireCrunch is an environmental and extensively NATA tested 21st century fireproof building board used in modern construction. It is made from a composition of Magnesium Oxide (Mgo), non-organic minerals, bonders and fibre mesh composites. FireCrunch is completely free of toxins, including formaldehyde, chloride, silica, no asbestos, heavy metals, or organic solvents.It is non-toxic, completely resistant to fire, water, impact, sound, termites, bacteria and mould. FireCrunch increases the R value in any panel insulation application. FireCrunch is recommended and CSIRO tested for bushfire safe building for home fire protection.FireCrunch has extensive applications in construction for residential and commercial properties. It is a lightweight material and suitable for modern construction, where fire tested and fire rated building boards are mandatory in Australian standards. Construction in fire separation walls; FireCrunch is compliant with BCA standards fire tests. FCA Australia Pty Ltd commissioned the CSIRO Infrastructure Technologies NATA accredited (North Ryde, NSW) to conduct these mandatory fire resistant building board tests under ISO/IEC 17025.Non-asbestos content Australian tested certificates AS 4964. Ask us at [email protected] SafetyProviding home fire protection to properties in Australia is our top priority. FireCrunch is a 21st century fire tested building board, non-comparable to fire rated plasterboards. The FCA fire rated building board wall panels have been thoroughly tried and tested to ensure all requirements have been met ( NATA/ CSIRO) and are therefore compliant with Australian building standards to AS1530.4 (C1..C19)-/ 2025  the highest rating fire test in Australia. Here at FireCrunch, we give priority to safety and security.Fire tested building boards and fire rated building boards are mandatory to comply with Australian standards in construction. In addition, fire separation walls and BCA standards fire tests are also obligatory. Our MBE, magnesium oxide building boards go through rigorous CSRIO testing, and FireCrunch is considered the top ranked, light weight, fire resistant building board in Australia.CSRIO (North Ryde, NSW) has approved our fire resistant building boards through mandatory fire tests. Additionally, FireCrunch is a bushfire safe building board, fire tested to BCA standard and AS 3959 with AS1530.4 (C1..C19)-/ 2025  Fire Certificates and assessments from the (CSIRO) Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation to FRL 90/90/90.FireCrunch fire tested building boards are completely non-combustible building boards. AS1530.1. FCA will not burn at temperatures 1000⁰C (AS 3837) and is system tested fire separation walls under AS1530.4 (C1..C19)-/ 2025.It has a BAL rating to maximum BAL FZ Flame Zone and FireCrunch meets AS 3959, AS 3837 and AS 1530.8.2. ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS (NCC).Health & SafetyFireCrunch is completely free of harmful toxins and asbestos free building material, therefore eliminates the risk of any negative health impacts. Only environmentally friendly building materials used to produce FireCrunch; mould, mildew and bacteria are unable to live or breed on it. This makes our leading building boards an ideal solution for health sensitive areas including medical centres, hospitals, age care centres, schools, prisons and high traffic public buildingsFireCrunch contains no asbestos or formaldehyde and no toxic chemicals. (See SDS and Technical/FAQs).Hygiene and FireCrunchDue to the manufacturing process and the IP materials used to produce FireCrunch, mould, mildew, germs, viruses, bacteria and the like are unable to live or breed. 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