Prescribed and cultural burn planning

To promote ecological management, health and biodiversity, and reduce bushfire risk, our specialist bushfire planning team undertakes planning for hazard reduction burns and cultural burning.

Our accredited team of bushfire planners have more than 15 years’ experience in planning, conducting and assessing prescribed burns. 

Following the planned fire activity, we provide a site-based assessment to understand environmental impacts – both positive and negative. Using this information, we provide recommendations to improve resilience and enhance management planning. 

Small plant growth in burnt tree stump showing aftermath bushfire in forest near Taree NSW. Photo taken by Morgan Bloodworth, RPS Senior Project Manager.

Best practice, always

For prescribed and cultural burns, we adhere to the principles set by the joint national guidelines from the Forest Fire Management Group (FFMG) and Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC). To ensure contemporary knowledge is incorporated into our planning, research from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre is also embedded in our work.

Burn plans are developed in accordance with the state-based jurisdiction prescribed burn plan templates, and in alignment with the operational guidelines of landowner/manager’s organisation risk management documents and District Bushfire Management Committee’s plan of operations.

Team expertise

  • More than 15 years’ experience in planning, conducting and assessing prescribed burns.
  • Trained to the national accredited standards for the development of complex prescribed burn plans (PUAFIR513) and conduct of complex prescribed burns (PUAFIR511).

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