Fire scar maps assist in prescribed burns

Fire scar maps are now available for land managers in the Fortescue catchment to assist with prescribed burn planning and wildfire incident management.

An example of a fire scar map depicting: black, fires within the last two years; green, 3-4 years old; red, 5 plus years; white, areas not likely to burn.

An example of a fire scar map depicting: black, fires within the last two years; green, 3-4 years old; red, 5 plus years; white, areas not likely to burn.

This practical tool for land managers on pastoral leases in the Pilbara has been made possible due to support from the Pilbara Corridors Project.

Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Ian Cotton said fire scar mapping can be an invaluable tool to manage fuel loads on pastoral leases and to assist in implementing an appropriate prescribed burning program.

Mr Cotton worked with Department of Parks and Wildlife staff Pedro Palheiro Fire Officer Millstream and Owen Donovan Fire Coordinator Pilbara, to use the applicable fire scar maps on department of Parks and Wildlife managed lands in Millstream Chichester and Karijini National Parks.

He said the project wanted a practical tool for land managers to use which would assist them in their fire management decisions.

“The maps provide a colour coded overlay of historical fire scars to 10 m accuracy,” Mr Cotton said.

“The information can assist in planning prescribed burns cost effectively and to minimize the time needed to achieve fire management results.”

Fire can be used as a landscape scale management tool to promote biodiversity and enhance existing native vegetation.

For information about fire scar mapping, contact Ian Cotton email or phone 08 9468 8256.