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Planned Burn Guidelines - Cape York Peninsula Bioregion of Queensland

This guideline was developed as part of the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and
Racing’s (NPRSR) Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Fire Management System to support the formation of fire strategies, burn proposals and on-ground planned burn implementation (supported by the Planned Burn Guidelines: How to Assess if Your Burn is Ready to Go). They assist rangers and other land managers to:

  • protect life and property
  • maintain healthy ecosystems
  • promote awareness of fire management issues in the field
  • identify clear fire management objectives to address those issues; and how to assess objectives to assist in adaptive management
  • identify suitable fire behaviour, burn tactics and weather conditions to achieve objectives
  • provide information and tools to assist in implementing planned burns.

Please note that this planned burn guideline uses ‘fire vegetation groups’ provided in ParkInfo that assist their integration into maps and fire strategies. A fire vegetation group is a group of related ecosystems that share common fire management requirements. This planned burn guideline provides comprehensive guidance that supports fire strategies and planned burning at a bioregional level. For those with little or no familiarity with the peninsula, the ability to use this guideline in the development of fire strategies and burn proposals will provide a certain confidence not available previously. The completion of the guideline represents a huge step forward and will prove a valuable addition to the fire
management tool-kit for all staff, our joint management partners and other like-minded land managers..