Journal article

Prescribed burning: how can it work to conserve the things we value?

TD Penman, FJ Christie, AN Andersen, RA Bradstock, GJ Cary, MK Henderson, O Price, C Tran, GM Wardle, RJ Williams, A York

International Journal of Wildland Fire | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2011

Abstract

Prescribed burning is a commonly applied management tool, and there has been considerable debate over the efficacy of its application. We review data relating to the effectiveness of prescribed burning in Australia. Specifically, we address two questions: (1) to what extent can fuel reduction burning reduce the risk of loss of human life and economic assets posed from wildfires? (2) To what extent can prescribed burning be used to reduce the risk of biodiversity loss? Data suggest that prescribed burning can achieve a reduction in the extent of wildfires; however, at such levels, the result is an overall increase in the total area of the landscape burnt. Simulation modelling indicates that f..

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