Characteristics

  • Higher annual temperature
  • Mix of agricultural, grazing and bush
  • Vast region with large Mallee parks
  • Small population, living largely in safe rural cities
  • Dry landscape with mix of growth stages, with much native vegetation dependant on fire to regenerate

Fuel Management

  • Large strategic fire breaks in northern Mallee parks to stop small fires from becoming large bushfires
  • Fuel reduction on edge of Mallee parks near communities
  • Planned burning to reduce fuel in large areas of public land
  • Planned burning undertaken for risk reduction and ecological resilience objectives

Bushfire Risk

Within the Mallee Murray Goulburn landscape, residual risk is currently at around 44%. Most of the risk within the landscape arises from private farming land and small parcels of vegetation, where it is more difficult to manage fuels.  

Between 1980 and 2010 residual risk was stable at around 72%.

Since 2010, residual risk has decreased sharply due to an increased level of planned burning around larger, high risk communities, such as Inglewood and Rushworth.

Residual risk  is projected to rise to about 57% by 2021.

Residual risk

Figure 1: Residual risk profile, Mallee and Murray Goulburn 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 Mallee and Murray Goulburn 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 - 1.6 MB]
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Download the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [PDF File - 5.5 MB]
Download the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [MS Word Document - 4.6 MB]

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