CFA brigades conduct planned burning which reduce fuels to minimise the impact and spread of bushfire.
What is planned burning?
A planned burn is the controlled use of fire under carefully managed conditions to reduce fuel such as dead wood, leaf litter, bark and shrubs.
Why do planned burning?
Reduced fuel decreases the impact of bushfire by lowering the intensity of a bushfire. Low intensity makes it easier for fire-fighters to control a bushfire.
Fuel reduction is conducted at a board scale remote from settlements to reduce embers that on bad fire days start new fires some distance away from the main fire (up to 36 kilometres). This fuel reduction slows the rate of spread of a bushfire. It also increases the likelihood of suppression at the early stage of a bushfire.
Fuel reduction within 150 metres of a house significantly increases the likelihood of house survival by mimimising the impact of radiant heat and ember attack.
Burning is also used by land managers to maintain the health of plants and ecosystems that need fire. For more information on fire and ecology read the topic Sustainable Fire Management.
Under severe bushfire conditions the effectiveness of planned burning reduces and the risk to life and property increases. Community members should prepare and maintain thier property and manage vegetation to help reduce the risk around their homes and assets and act on their personal bushfire survival plan.