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Grenfell Tower fire forensics — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on June 19th, 2017.

The latest reports from last week’s devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower apartment block in London suggest there are 58 people still unaccounted for who are presumed dead.  Forensic scientists are beginning their investigation, but the intensity of the fire makes it difficult to identify the remains. The UK SMC collected expert reaction on the […]

Highly flammable vegetation helps fuel Port Hills fire – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 15th, 2017.

Firefighters have been battling fires on Christchurch’s Port Hills since Monday evening. Hundreds of hectares of scrub and vegetation have been burnt and nearby residents have been evacuated. The Science Media Centre asked experts about the conditions fuelling the fire. Feel free to use the comments below in your reports. Professor George Perry, Professor of […]

Containing the Flock Hill fire – Expert responds

John Kerr posted in on January 28th, 2015.

Experts say that the fire that destroyed around 300 hectares of forest and tussock at the Flock Hill Station in Canterbury, was exacerbated by dry, windy conditions and difficult terrain – but could have been much worse had the weather not changed yesterday. The blaze, which started on Monday afternoon, has been the focus of […]

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