This report, published by the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, outlines the extent of the wildfires which devastated much of North West Queensland over the summer of 2012-13. It also discusses the rescue efforts and the ongoing challenges facing the community.
Extract from Savanna Burning decribing how fire regimes are influenced by the weather and available fuel, as well as the behaviour of fires in northern Australia..
This report documents the threats to biodiversity resulting from extensive late dry season fires in northern Australia. It calls for the damaging fire regimes to be recognised as a key threatening process under the EPBC Act. (c. 2007)
Extract from Savanna Burning: Understanding and Using fire in northern Australia. Discusses traditional use of fire to manage particular habitat types and food resources.
This booklet addresses the pros and cons of burning for pastoral management in the Desert Uplands region of Queensland. It is not a set of prescriptions for guaranteed outcomes but an outline of existing knowledge of burning in the hope that graziers and other land managers will continue to use fire and develop a better understanding of its merits and consequences. The booklet is available for download from this site (PDF 598 KB). (Fensham and Fairfax, 2007)
This extract from Slower than the Eye can See reviews the historical fire management practices of European settlers as they converted the country to a cattle region based on the memories of cattlemen.
Extract from Managing for Healthy Country in the VRD discussing impacts of fire and grazing on native invertebrates, and results of projects at Mt Sanford and Kidman Springs where spiders, ants, beetles and grasshoppers respond in a variety of ways to changes in grazing pressure
This document outlines research undertaken in the VRD to assess the impacts of fire and grazing on native vertebrates. The research suggests that the widespread application of any single fire regime over a large area will lead to a decline in biodiversity, and that a variety of burning regimes across the landscape is desirable.
Patch burning is needed to protect understorey vegetation (from which Common Brushtail Possums obtain water in the late dry season) from extensive wildfires. Clearance of very tall eucalypt forests on aluminous laterite mined for bauxite may also locally eliminate the possum.
This guide has been prepared to allow land managers and fire authorities in the Kimberley to estimate fuel charactistics to assist in decision making for fire management and wildfire control. (Flavelle, c. 2002)