Planned Burning Management

Red Hot Tips - Planned burning on private land

Opportunity for landholders to upskill in planned burning

Red Hot Tips was a 3 year program funded by the Tasmanian Government which aimed to increase landholders’ skills and knowledge to enable them to safely and effectively conduct planned burning on their properties, by using a range of tools and participating in a training program.

Year 1 has just been successfully completed.  Applications for landholders keen to participate in years 2 and 3 closed on Friday 1 August 2014.

  Apsley Park Case Study   (3Mb)

  Grindstone Bay Case Study   (3Mb)

The PlanneFire burningd Burning Pilot Project has developed a range of tools and strategies to assist Tasmanian private landholders with fire management, including the safe and effective use of planned burning.

The first stage of the project involved a survey of landholder attitudes to and experience with planned burning. Over 80 landholders from across the state participated in the survey, giving a broad range of opinions and perspectives.

The results from the survey assisted the project team to develop a range of practical tools for both wildfire management and planned burning on private land. A group of 10 pilot farmers based in north east Tasmania and the northern midlands then worked with the project team to test the tools that had been developed. These tools included property-based fire management plans, training workshops, risk assessment, a monitoring template and a technical manual on planned burning. Burns were conducted on some of the pilot farmer properties, and these have been written up as case studies. The burns were also used as practical training for the pilot farmers to reinforce the theory learnt at the workshops.

Leanne Sherriff, Macquarie Franklin

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Cover of Planned Burning Manual

Planned Burning Manual

Guidelines to enable safe and effective planned burning on private land. Technical manual developed from the Planned Burning Project which covers planning for fire management, factors to consider when implementing a burn, post burn monitoring and wildfire.

It is important to perform a risk assessment on the burn prior to going ahead with it. This enables assessment of the relative risk levels of various aspects of the burn, and to have contingency plans in place before the burn is lit. A risk assessment template is available.

  Risk Assessment Template   (522Kb)

View the completed example on page 34 of the Planned Burning Manual.

  Planned Burning Manual   (6Mb)

Landholders are strongly encouraged to monitor and review both immediate and long term outcomes from burning on their properties. Monitoring post-burn is critical to prevent fire escapes by checking to see if the fire is still smouldering, or if logs are still burning. It is recommended to complete a post-burn monitoring sheet after each burn.

  Post-burn monitoring template   (428Kb)

This includes monitoring and recording specific details of the burn such as its success, regeneration through establishment of photo monitoring points, and monitoring the establishment or regrowth of weeds. Information on post-burn monitoring can be found on page 25 of the Planned Burning Manua (see link abovel.

Case Studies:

  Dorset Downs Case Study   (480Kb)

  PBPP Maitland Case Study   (448Kb)

  Manuka Park Case Study   (510Kb)


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Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550

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