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Preparing a prescribed burn plan involves careful and deliberate planning. The Department of Parks and Wildlife works closely with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and local government to ensure that the overall risk management component of a prescribed fire plan is complementary to and applied to other tenures.

A number of issues must been considered in determining the location, extent, timing and prescription parameters for any burn. Fire planning includes considering issues related to smoke, dieback disease, fauna species habitat, rare flora, mining rehabilitation or using fire for silviculture. Planning and preparation for these issues can take up to eight years.

The steps in the planning process are:

  1. Burn program planning
  2. Proposed burn program
  3. Developing a prescribed fire plan (prescription)
  4. Implementing the burn
  5. Post burn assessment

Prescribed burn planning process

Prescribed burn planning process.