The annual NSW bushfire crisis is beyond a joke. When will the Powers That Be learn that prevention is better than the cure? Cut down the trees before they get burnt.
Mate, you are a peanut. There is NO "annual NSW bushfire crisis". In the Blue Mountains, this is the first emergency in approx. 11 years, far from being "annual".
We do aim to prevent bushfires by undertaking hazard reduction works throughout the autumn, winter and early spring months, if these hazard reduction works were not undertaken then the magnitude of the fire would be much MUCH greater.
(For background, the intensity of a fire increases by the square of the increase in the fuel. So if you double the fuel, the fire is four times more intense, if you treble the fuel it is nine times more intense, and so on. The inverse applies, you halve the fuel, you decrease the intensity by 75%).
Preventative works have been undertaken, I personally have been to a few of them, and this has helped keep the fires to their current level, which is far more manageable than if the hazard reductions had not been undertaken.
What people fail to understand is that fire is a natural part of the life cycle of the Australian bush, the bush needs fire to regenerate, and it is also natures way of exercising population control.
As for "cutting down the trees before they get burnt", you can't be serious, that must be some good stuff you are taking!
(The above opinions are my own and not that of the Rural Fire Service)