In summary, our analysis shows that recent logging re-
sulted in higher probability of crown fire in a range of for-
est types, including Ash forest, during the 2009 Victorian
fires. The disparity between our results and the putative
conclusions of Attiwill et al.
(2014) reflects their lack formal analyses. Such analyses are required to discriminate
obvious environmental effects (e.g., weather, terrain) on
fire severity, from those of land management and time
since disturbance. Spatial autocorrelation in fire severity
patterns must also be accounted in order to derive valid
conclusions (e.g., Murphy & Russell-Smith 2010).