Cover photograph of Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest.

Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest

Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest

An effective response to bushfires relies on accurate predictions of fire behaviour, particularly the rate of spread, intensity and ‘spotting’.

  • 15 September 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011

A new guide for assessing forest fuel hazard and potential fire behaviour is now available for fire managers. This guide will assist in making vital decisions that ensure the protection of fire crews and the community.

Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest  is based on the results of ten years of research conducted for Understanding bushfire behaviour during Project Vesta, a comprehensive research project investigating the effects of fuel age and understorey vegetation structure on fire behaviour in dry eucalypt forest.

Fuel Hazard Assessment Guide

Previous fire behaviour guides were only specific to certain vegetation types, whereas the newly developed field guide relates fire spread to fuel structure and weather conditions across the entire country.

The field guide is based on ten years of research conducted during Project Vesta.

The handy-sized guide provides fire authorities out in the field with a systematic method for assessing fuel hazard and predicting potential fire behaviour, such as rate of spread, flame height and spotting distance, in dry eucalypt forest.

Information provided in this guide can be used to:

  • define and identify different fuel layers and components of fuel structure and hazard
  • determine the hazard score of surface and near-surface fuel layers and the height of the near-surface fuel for fire spread predicition
  • determine elevated fuel height for flame height prediction
  • determine surface fuel hazard score and bark hazard score for spotting distance prediction.

Find out about the report: Project Vesta – Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest: Fuel structure, fuel dynamics and fire behaviour.