Fire is a natural and necessary part of the Australian landscape. Land managers will have different needs when it comes to fire management. To best manage your land using fire, it is important to seek professional assistance before undertaking any related fire management activities.
It is imperative to recognize that fire can have both beneficial and adverse impacts in the landscape. The intensity, frequency and seasonal timing of a fire can alter the number and type of plants in an area, leading to changed habitats for plants and animals. In this way, changes in ﬁre patterns can increase or decrease biodiversity in any area.
Vegetation responds to fire in various ways:
- Some trees and shrubs, including eucalypts re-sprout from dormant buds (epicormic buds on stems and branches or underground lignotubers);
- After ﬁre, some banksias and hakea species release seeds from woody fruits, later germinating if conditions are suitable;
- Fire can stimulate grass trees to ﬂower and produce seeds;
- Some acacias and peas germinate after fire breaking dormancy of seeds in the soil;
- Smoke promotes germination of some plants, such as spear grass.
- Create a Rural Fire Management Plan (PDF Document)
- Northern Australia Fire Information (NAFI)
- Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Fire Management Guide (PDF Document)
- Queensland Rural Fire Service Information
- Bush Fire Survival Plan (PDF Document)
- Biodiversity and fire: The effects and effectiveness of fire management
- Healthy Habitat Community Page
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