It can be useful to display all of these maps together to assess how you are going with your fire management and to inform planned burns. . Skip to video.
Why fire history maps are important:
We are looking at these three fire history maps:
- Fire frequency shows areas that are vulnerable to burning. Areas with a high fire frequency will have two characteristics that enable them to burn. the first is that they will be regions that support the growth of enough grass fuel to burn in consecutive years. They will also be areas that are likely to have an ignition, either from a road or via lightning or just carry fires well with an incendiary drop.
- Late dry season fire frequency is important as it highlights areas that might be getting too many hot fires. It’s important to reduce the amount of these hot fires.
- Time since last burnt gives us an indication of those areas that may have accumulated a lot of fuel.
When thinking about the fire history it is good to also think about the type of country that is burning and how they respond to fire in different ways. For example the way that fire behaves and fuel accumulates will be different on lowland plans compared to the top of rugged escarpment country.