Fuel Reduction Burning
At this stage the intent of this article is simply to lead you to some relevant resouces that are available on this site.
- reduce the total weight of fuels, so as to reduce the intensity of a subsequent wildfire. This should lead to quicker and easier suppression of the fire with a saving of resources.
- reduce the height of understorey vegetation and hence the flame height and rate of spread of a wildfire.
- remove firebrand material, principally fibrous or flaky bark from the trees, so as to reduce the potential of wildfires to generate spot fires ahead of the main fire front. The reduction of spotting potential can reduce overall rates of spread and make fire suppression easier and safer."
Fire Management in Eucalypt Forests - A Hodgson 1967
Fighting Fire with Fire - 1983 Symposium Papers
Prescribed Burning on Public Land in Victoria
There are also some photos of aerial ignition operations for fuel reduction burning in the Fire Operations Gallery.