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Burn program planning

Parks and Wildlife prepares a plan for its burning program that identifies the areas for prescribed burning, schedules the burns for the coming year and indicates a future burning schedule for the next three years. This is called the burn program planning process.

Each Parks and Wildlife region prepares a burn plan that aligns with their regional fire management plan. The regional fire management plan is used to guide fire practitioners on which areas to burn and required outcomes to achieve departmental objectives.

South-west regions prepare annual burn plans and three year indicative burn plans. Other regions are very large and have extensive areas of arid and remote country and only prepare an annual burn plan. Longer term planning is difficult in these regions due to the high number of bushfires and irregular rainfall events that significantly affect fuel loads and flammability.

Prescribed burns for biodiversity conservation needs are identified first, followed by burns for vegetation management, such as post timber harvesting for forest regeneration. The resulting program is then assessed to ensure the proposed burn meets the requirements for strategic protection from bushfire. If these requirements are not fulfilled, the program is amended until they are.

At the end of each burning season (spring and autumn in the south-west and the wet and dry in the north) progress of the prescribed burning program is reviewed, any bushfires that have occurred are considered and the burn program is rescheduled to take account of any fire activity. Stakeholders and the community are provided with opportunities to contribute to the burn program development.