Characteristics

  • Cooler annual temperature
  • Mix of temperate rainforest, alpine and farming
  • Large uninterrupted forest and parks with remote accessibility
  • Aging coastal populations
  • Small communities near large continuous forests
  • Small isolated populations of vulnerable flora and fauna species

Fuel management

  • Permanent fuel breaks that are also used for forest access
  • Fuel management corridors through vast tracts of public land to break up large fires
  • Intense fuel treatment around communities and critical infrastructure

Bushfire risk

The estimated 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 region over time.

Within the Gippsland region in 2018–19, residual risk is was projected at around 72%.

Estimated risk fell sharply following major bushfires in the early 1980s. As fuels slowly re-accumulated, Estimated risk increased.

Estimated risk fell again in 2003 and 2006/07 following the significant bushfires in the Alpine areas. Planned burning kept estimated risk down to historically low levels in the years following these bushfires, but risk has been increasing in recent years as fuels re-accumulate in bushfire-affected areas.

Implementation of the risk-based fuel management strategy on public land is projected to keep estimated risk to a projected 63% by 2022. Without planned burning, we project estimated risk will increase to 82% by 2022.

Many communities in the Gippsland region are vulnerable to major bushfires due to their close proximity to large, continuous areas of vegetated public land.

Bushfire risk profile, Gippsland 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 Gippsland 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 - 2.8 MB]
Download a summary of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [MS Word Document - 76.5 KB]

Download the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [PDF File - 4.1 MB]
Download the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [MS Word Document - 5.0 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: 09/09/20