Victoria is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world, with a natural landscape that is dependent on bushfires returning at regular intervals to sustain the life cycles of many plant and animal species. Learning to co-exist with bushfires safely, protecting important values such as human life and property, while also protecting the ecosystems that sustain us, is becoming increasingly important for our communities.
Considering this, viewing and planning for fire as an inevitable and natural process, while reducing our exposure to the negative consequences of bushfires, is also essential. This is particularly important for Victorians as our population grows and climate change increases the frequency and intensity of severe weather conditions.
Strategic bushfire management planning is an important action we undertake to reduce bushfire risk. The process of developing a plan brings together land and fire managers, communities and other key stakeholders to develop a common understanding of bushfire risk across the landscape and determine appropriate management actions to reduce that risk.
Each regional approach reflects the values, priorities, environment and the unique risk profile of that place. This means that each region has different priorities, objectives and, ultimately, different strategies.
Working together to deliver these plans, agencies and communities can reduce bushfire risk effectively and efficiently, helping to maintain or enhance the values that Victorians wish to protect from the negative consequences of bushfires.
- A summary of the online engagement outcomes from across each of the regions is now available.
- The teams are now developing bushfire management strategies to manage fuels across public and private land, bringing together local knowledge and values with world-leading bushfire science and modelling capability. These strategies will be incorporated into a web-based spatial mapping tool which will be easily accessible to the public by mid 2020.
- Keep up to date via the Safer Together website to hear about the bushfire management strategies at https://www.safertogether.vic.gov.au/
- Sign up to Planned Burns Victoria, an easy to use system where you can register for planned burns in your area. This system allows you to customise where you want to get notifications from and lets you know when a planned burn is going to be ignited. Go to https://plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au/
- Learn more about planned burning in Victoria including managing bushfire risk, dealing with smoke and how you can get involved in fire operations in your area.
- What is strategic bushfire management planning?
- What are objectives for strategic bushfire planning?
- What is a Priority Fuel Management Area?
- What is the difference between public and private land?
- Who is delivering the strategic bushfire management plan?
- What sorts of bushfire management strategies will be considered in this planning process?