Characteristics

  • Mountains to flat floodplains
  • Forested water catchment areas which provide almost 40% of the inflows into the Murray darling system
  • Part of the 'food bowl' of Australia
  • Major settlements are along the Hume Freeway
  • Ecosystems include alpine forest, grassy woodlands, and floodplains

Fuel Management

  • Intensely managing fuel on public land close to towns
  • Fuel management to stop fires spreading to communities in the Alpine and Greater Gippsland Landscape
  • Fuel management to protect critical assets, as well as nationally significant water catchment areas and fire sensitive vegetation
  • Maintaining forest roads and river tracks for quick response to bushfires
  • Planned burning north and west of communities along the likely spread paths of bushfires
  • Fire-sensitive species and vegetation guide the frequency of burning

Bushfire Risk

The residual risk curve tells a story about how bushfires, recovering fuels after bushfires and our fuel management activities, affect the changing levels of bushfire risk across the landscape over time.

Within the Alpine North East bushfire risk landscape, residual risk is currently at around 59%.

Over the last few decades, residual risk has fallen sharply in response to several large bushfires close to townships. These bushfires include the Mt Buffalo Bushfire of 1985, the Alpine Bushfires of 2003, and the Great Divide Bushfires of 2006/07.

Following the Great Divide bushfires, planned burning kept residual risk at around the 40% level for five years.

In recent years residual risk has been increasing more rapidly as fuels re-accumulate in areas burnt by the 2006/07 bushfires.

Over the next three years, planned burning is projected to reverse this trend, with a decrease in residual risk by 10 to 15% from current levels. Without planned burning, residual risk will rapidly increase to 74% by 2021.

Residual risk

Figure 1: Residual risk profile, Alpine and North East BRL, 1980–2020

Environmental Metrics

Understanding the impact of fire on ecosystems requires first being able to define and measure ecosystem resilience.  Tolerable Fire Interval  and Vegetation Growth Stage Structure are used as indicators of ecosystem resilience at a landscape level. These allow us to better understand ecosystem resilience and the impacts of fire.

Current and historic Tolerable Fire Interval and Vegetation Growth Stage Structures for Alpine and North East are available in the Fuel Management Report

Strategic Bushfire Management Planning

Strategic bushfire management planning is about bringing together land and fire managers, communities and stakeholders to develop a common understanding of bushfire risk across the landscape and determine the most appropriate management strategies and actions to reduce that risk.

We have developed a strategic bushfire management planning framework that, with the help of communities, identifies values to be protected from bushfire, assesses bushfire risk to those values and sets out strategies to manage this risk.

The first generation Strategic Bushfire Management Plans, released in 2015 described our approach to bushfire fuel management on public land.

Download a summary of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [PDF File - 3.0 MB]
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We are now working on new strategies to manage fuels across public and private land, bringing together local knowledge and values with world-leading bushfire science and modelling capability. For more information about the Strategic Bushfire Management Planning process and how to get involved, see the Strategic Bushfire Management Planning page

Page last updated: 18/12/2018