Bush Fire Data Analysis

Healthy Land and Water offers data analysis solutions to analyse the impact of the recent bushfires in South East Queensland through doing ecological assessments in the areas as well as identifying future action plans.

Healthy Land and Water (HLW) understands that the recent bushfires in South East Queensland have caused severe damage in the area.

Our data analysis services make use of data and maps to provide better insight into the ecological assessment.

Atmospheric penetration showing fire scar and active fires in the south
Atmospheric penetration showing fire scar and active fires in the south

Healthy Land and Water makes use of state-of-the-art technology utilising the highest resolution accompanied by up to date aerial imagery. From these we are then able to use Short-waved length infrared to identify the problem areas and the best solution moving forward.

Short-Waved Length Infrared Image
Short-Waved Length Infrared Image

Through data collection and analysis, we have the skills to turn data into knowledge and assist in making decisions about property management identifying new opportunities on the property you manage.

Fire footprint red, lamington national park green cross hatch)
Fire footprint red, lamington national park green cross hatch)

To enquire about our data analysis service, please phone 07 3177 9100 or email us at info@hlw.org.au

About SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium

The SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQFBC) started 20 years ago in Logan City Council and now has 13 local governments financial supporters including Brisbane CC, City of Gold Coast, Gympie Regional Council (RC), Ipswich CC, Lockyer Valley RC, Logan CC, Moreton Bay RC, Redlands CC, Scenic Rim RC, Somerset RC, South Burnett RC, Sunshine Coast Council, Toowoomba RC. We are also supported by Powerlink, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (including the Rural Fire Service Queensland), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads – Darling Downs District, SEQ Water and Healthy Land and Water (HLW).  This impressive list of 19 supporting organizations (our largest to date) reflects the extensive support for the SEQFBC in SEQ and illustrates our active and dedicated partnerships over the past 20 years. The SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium is currently embedded with Healthy Land and Water

One of the key strengths of the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium is the number and diversity of partners.  Each partner organisation contributes financially and inkind to the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium and these contributions increase significantly the value, networking reach, influence, skill base and knowledge potential

The aim of the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium is to provide a coordinated response and best-practice recommendations for fire management, fire ecology and biodiversity conservation through education, engagement, research and support.

Education – we provide a suite of evidence-based resources on fire management and biodiversity for local government employees for their distribution within their communities. Some of the resources include Living with Fire – Recommended fire regimes, Native wildlife.  We also have a number of manuals to download including the Property Fire Management Planning Kit including and interactive workbook. http://www.fireandbiodiversity.org.au/publications.html. In Association with Powerlink Queensland we have produced a Powerline easements, fire and biodiversity supplement to the Property Fire Management Planning Kit.

Engagement – How do we best support landholders to better manage fire?  The SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium believe the key is providing targeted capacity building services and supporting partnerships between landholders and other stakeholders that support productive collaborations.  One of the most successful and popular capacity building resources offered by the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium are the Fire Management Planning workshops for private property owners.  The primary aim of the SEQFBC Fire Management Planning workshops are to assist landowners to reduce bushfire threat on a property, whilst protecting and enhancing land management practices (e.g. protecting riparian zones, grazing and weed management) and biodiversity values. The majority of theses workshops are co-coordinated with the Local Governments with support from other agencies such as QPWS and QFES.

The partnership between HLW/SEQFBC staff and local government, QPWS and RFSQ officers is invaluable and crucial in successfully delivering a workshop such as these – the partnerships and interpersonal relationships are long term (in some cases over 15 years) and well developed and allow for partner organisations to share and pool resources, knowledge and experience for a greater outcome.

SEQFBC Fire Management Planning Workshop
SEQFBC Fire Management Planning Workshop, 9 September 2017, Bellthorpe Community Hall, Moreton Bay Regional Council officer Bruce Bunkum presents to the participants (image by C Welden).

Training for Local Government Employees. The SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium facilitates various training opportunities for Local Government Employees including:

Overall Fuel Hazard Training that focuses on the practical application of the “Overall Fuel Hazard Assessment Guide” (4th edition) by Author Rural Fire Service Inspector Francis Hines.  Francis provides a very engaging one day training session that this year went to 7 locations across Queensland. Some of the comments have included – “I have used a visual type of assessment just from years of experience. This course has allowed me to quantify my assessments and to standardise the procedure.” I went in not knowing much and walked out feeling confident” Dispelling the myth that “assessment of a fuel load is done by tonnes/hectare alone” was very well done. So much more to understanding fuel loads.”.

Fire Weather 1 and 2 training. We have provided the Fire Weather Training in association with QFES and the Bureau of Meteorology for many years training fire professionals and land managers (including Local Government Officers) providing participants with a good level of understanding of the relationship between fire weather & fire behaviour for fire weather 1 and participants who attend fire weather 2 provides the necessary knowledge & skills so that participants are competent at interpreting and applying more advanced weather information to fire related operations.

Undertaking a Planning and Building Performance Assessment for Bushfire Protection for LG Officers 3 day training package for Queensland Local Government Officers. We have provided two training courses in the last two years. The training provides an understanding of the requirements of AS 3959 – 2009 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas and how to evaluate the quality and compliance of a Bushfire Management Plans against the Standard. Assessing Bushfire Management Plans is complex, therefore we engaged Dr Graham Douglas, University of Western Sydney to deliver training that assists Local Government Officers understand methodological issues, and verification measures. “The best and most useful part of the training was the understanding of bushfire risk and how to use AS3959” 2017 participant.

If you are interested in any of our training courses please contact Craig craig.w@hwl.org.au

SEQFBC Forums: The  annual SEQFBC Fire Science forum- 11th June 2019) – over 200 people gathered at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens to celebrate 20 years of the SEQFBC.  With the theme Fire, Research and Partnerships, this anniversary forum showcased applied fire ecology and onground fire management projects and programs that highlight the value of partnerships and longevity in applied fire ecology and onground management.  The program featured 17 presentations, delivered by 30 presenters from 21 different organisations. Stay tuned for the SEQFBC Fire Science forum 2020.

SEQFBC Enews – The South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium E-news is a regular compilation providing a general overview of international, national and regional media coverage and recent journal articles of fire and biodiversity-related issues that does not purport to be exhaustive. The information contained in the compilation is taken as is from sources external to the SEQFBC that are/is either freely available on the Internet or provided by an external source to SEQFBC and permission has been granted to freely distribute it. To join http://www.fireandbiodiversity.org.au/contact.html

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