Great, I acknowledge that there are many factors at play which collectively impact the risk level for fires in a given year. Obviously drier hotter years elevate those risks for fire as does incidences of arson and human negligence. It is the scale of the fires which could have been mitigated with management policies. To answer your hypothetical, yes, even with sound managment policy, it would still have been a bad year for fires there, but the scale would have been much more limited.Better get your rake out and start clearing the undergrowth then...
The problem with your theory is that it boils a highly complex issue down to a simple dog whistle that is proven to effectively rally the deniers. Denying historical record? How is this for historical record:
Australia’s climate in 2019
- Australia's warmest year on record, with the annual national mean temperature 1.52 °C above average
- Both mean annual maximum and minimum temperatures above average for all States and the Northern Territory
- Annual national mean maximum temperature warmest on record (2.09 °C above average)
- Widespread warmth throughout the year; January, February, March, April, July, October, and December all amongst the ten warmest on record for Australian mean temperature for their respective months
- Significant heatwaves in January and in December
- Australia's driest year on record
- Nationally-averaged rainfall 40% below average for the year at 277.6 mm
- Rainfall below average for most of Australia
- Rainfall above average for parts of Queensland's northwest and northern tropics
- Much of Australia affected by drought, which was especially severe in New South Wales and southern Queensland
- Widespread severe fire weather throughout the year; national annual accumulated Forest Fire Danger Index highest since 1950, when national records began
- One of the strongest positive Indian Ocean Dipole events on record; El Niño–Southern Oscillation neutral throughout the year
You're the one denying the obvious. This is the hottest year they have had on record with a prolonged fire season exacerbated by heavy drought. Only a fool could look at those stats and fail to connect the dots. It isn't a coincidence that Australia's worst wildfires came on the heels of their driest year. Sure, forestry practices, controlled burns, etc. are part of the equation and not to be overlooked, but the obvious elephant in the room is that their/our fire seasons are getting longer and drier almost every year.
Ask yourself this... If Australia had implemented the fire suppression policies you are talking about since day one, do you think they still would have had a bad (possibly their worst) fire season this year given the precipitation and heat they faced in 2019? If you are answering no to that then you might as well quit while you're behind... Shameful...