Latest resources

Burnt area visualisation with Sentinel 2 Satellite imagery using Saga GIS

This five and a half minute video shows how you can download high resolution Sentinel 2 Satellite images from the Remote Pixel website ( and then use the free SAGA GIS software ( to highlight burnt areas. It also compares these images with similar ones from Landsat 8.

The NAFI Hotspot Animation tool – an example from a large Kimberley fire

This short video shows how you can use the NAFI ( animation tool for older hotspots to visualise the spread of a fire. A large fire from September and October 2016 in the Kimberley region is used as an example.


For more information on this animation tools and other tools for planning you can download this help pdf from the NAFI site.

Earth:: website for viewing wind conditions

This website displays a global map that displays near-real-time wind flows, ocean current flows etc. as swirling, animated streaks. Can be useful for visualising wind strength and direction at a broad, landscape scale.

Hints: Double-click a point on the map to zoom in. Zoom in is limited. Click earth to see control panel. To see current wind conditions make sure Control=Now, Mode = Air, Height=Sfc, Overlay=Wind. The overlay is a guide to wind strength.

Fire Management in Central Australia: A learning resource for Aboriginal community rangers

Aboriginal people play a very important role in managing fire on central Australian country. This learning resource, produced by the Central Land Council, NT,  is for Aboriginal ranger groups in central Australia who do burning as part of their work. 

Video: Changing fire regimes, changing landscapes

In Ngallabigee in Cape York Peninsula the practice of traditional burning has been absent for over two decades. In this video, produced by the Northern Australian Hub of the National Environmental Research Program,  Traditional Owner Dion Creek explains how Ngallabigee has changed over that time and highlights why cultural practices, such as traditional burning, are important for landscape management.

Video: Estimating the financial risks of gamba grass to carbon abatement projects in northern Australia

A short video produced by the Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program about the potential for weeds to threaten carbon offset programs. Researchers have identified gamba grass and other invasive weeds as a potential threat to landholder involvement in environmental offset programs such as the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Viewing Landsat satellite images of burnt areas

Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research have produced a guide on how to download and view free Landsat images of fire scars in an area of interest. These are higher resolution images than those used for the NAFI fire scar mapping and do require downloading large files (50Mb to 1Gb in size), but once downloaded they do show much more detail of burnt areas and free software can be used to further highlight the burnt areas. This can be useful for checking on the extent of fire breaks and on the impact on different types of country. 

The NAFI Booklet

Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research have produced a technical guide to the NAFI website. The document explains how the site works beyond just visualising fire information, and describes how best to use the data for fire management. The booklet is a useful guide to the information behind the website and how to use the site through the course of the fire season


A link to the Northern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016, produced by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.  The information  is designed to "assist fire and land management agencies in making strategic decisions such as resource planning and prescribed fire management, to reduce the negative impacts of bushfire." 

The Outlook was a product of the Northern Australian Fire Managers Forum, which was held in Alice Springs in June 2016.

Rangelands NRM - Fire Management

The Rangelands NRM Fire Management page, which includes a link to 'Guiding Principles for fire management in the WA rangelands'. This resource, developed by the Rangelands Fire Leadership Group for fire management in the WA rangelands, outlines guiding principles and critical knowledge gaps for fire management in each of the WA rangelands regions.