Brigade Area



The Brigade has planning three Hazard Reduction events at the end of this  2014/15 fire season. That is sometime towards the end of March through to mid June..

However, these burns, which were planned for last year, will only go ahead if the right environmental conditions prevail.

Reducing Future Fire Risks

Unplanned fires (more often than not referred to as wildfires) are expected to increase in the future with attendant losses to life and property because of population growth in inter urban areas and changing climate say experts. Research results in early 2014 suggest that we will see more intense hot spells, rain events and winds that will bring increased community risks in the future.

Broad responses to the fire risk have to date been to increase fuel reduction through clearing, hazard reduction burning, biomass removal and grazing which are seen as affording greater protection to communities particularly in our area that is classified as a fire-prone area. You can see a more thorough explanation of fire prone land in the brigade area by going to "our brigade area" section of this website which also has a map of the different fire prone areas and what they mean.

Hazard Reductions

The brigade constantly looks at ways it can reduce the impact of future fires in its area. Fire behaviour research has shown that low intensity fires undertaken in a strategic fashion, with favourable conditions, in an area can assist in reducing the intensity of future wild fires. A mosaic pattern through selected area burns disrupts the run of a bush fire should it happen. It allows more ready control and reduces the potential for a fire to develop in strength and speed.

Such hazard reductions are not undertaken randomly or without careful thought. Brigade members and the Rural Fire Service are very aware of reducing ill effects on flora and fauna and generally degrading the environment.

Through low intensity small area fires we safeguard and ensure that wildlife can move out of the fire zone and be sustained during the period of recovery after such burns. These small fires also enhance the bushes ability to recover after the fire has passed. Research also has shown that the greatest intensity in a fire is generated from the leaf litter on the floor of a forest and these planned burns are designed to remove that threat. Hazard reductions are only undertaken at most once every decade in a particular area. Factors such as prevailing temperatures, wind direction and strength along with fuel flammability are all taken into account on the day a burn is commenced. If it looks like it is going to be too hot, too dry or even too wet the burn will be called off.

A map of past hazard reduction burns, up until July 2013, show the deliberately dispersed nature of activities across the brigade area. The hatched areas are the burn areas while the numbers associated with each hatched area indicate the year and month the reduction burn was carried out.

Rosedale HR June 2015

Updated June 2015