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 Loddon Mallee region in 2018-19, residual risk was projected at around 66%.

Most risk is concentrated in a small number of localities, so the risk profile is very sensitive to small changes in fuel around these places. The remaining risk within the landscape mostly arises from private farming land and small parcels of vegetation, where it is more difficult to manage fuels with planned burning.

If we complete all the fuel management activities on the current Joint Fuel Management Program and there is little bushfire activity, modelled bushfire risk will slowly rise to 70% by 2022. If we cannot carry out any of our planned fuel management activities, modelled risk will increase to 79% by 2022 as fuel re-accumulates in high-risk areas we treated in 2017–18.

Bushfire risk profile, Loddon Mallee Region, 1980–2022

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 the Loddon Mallee region 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]
Download a summary of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [MS Word Document - 76.9 KB]

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: 16/06/20