Dear Tasmanian Times,

I’d like to congratulate the Tasmania Fire Service and their volunteers for the good work they are conducting across the state.

I’d like to offer an idea for the Tasmania Fire Service to consider to assist in preventing multiple fires from starting again.

I wonder if ‘lightning induction rods’ in strategic locations in the Tasmanian wilderness such as the summits of mountain tops could prevent dry lightning strikes on the ground.

With global warming a reality and dry lightning becoming a genuine problem in Tasmania could it be possible that this idea could have any practical application to prevent lightning from igniting remote bushland.

I speculate, maybe one reason we haven’t seen a fire on Mt. Wellington/kunanyi for many years is because the tower acts as a giant lightning rod, providing anecdotal evidence that lightning rods located in the Tasmanian wilderness could prevent vegetation fire. The tower is a lightning rod. Therefore, the question becomes; is the tower actually protecting the mountain from lightning and fire? I believe it’s plausible.


Adam Crawford