THE CRC’s latest fire report,
Fire management in the rangelands
, reviews practices and regimes in these areas. Commissioned by
the Australian Department of Environment and Heritage under the
Natural Heritage Trust, the report contains a checklist for fire
management plans, with links to a range of information.
Fire is an integral part of the ecosystems of Australia’s
rangelands, and its management is one of few tools available to
land managers in this zone. Sustainable pasture production is
dependent on maintaining soils and pastures through sound fire
Some elements of rangeland ecosystems are resilient to variations
in fire regime, others are sensitive to fire intensity and/or
sensitive to fire intervals – so no single fire regime
applied at landscape scales can meet the needs of multiple land
While there is relatively low level of disturbance in
Australia’s rangelands compared to the intensive agricultural
areas of eastern, southern and south-western Australia, the
abundance and richness of biodiversity is declining. There is
evidence that inappropriate fire regimes are partly responsible.
The report includes definitions of terms and concepts; descriptions
of the major vegetation types within the rangelands followed by a
list of key references; communication principles and planning
priorities; a list of sources of information, i.e. fire species
attributes, and fire and land use mapping resources and links to
other resources. Download the report as a free PDF from the CRC
website, or contact Peter Jacklyn at the CRC for a hardcopy.
North Australia Fire Information
NAFI: Up-to-date maps and data on fires across northern Australia. Includes hotspots and fire-scars.