Fuel management and bushfire suppression
Prescribed burning can make a major difference to the success of bushfire suppression operations.
Put simply, prescribed burning helps manage bushfire risk by removing dry leaves and twigs from the forest floor. These are the ‘fuels’ that play a major role in increasing a bushfire’s speed, intensity and danger.
In the following examples fire managers take you to places where low fuel areas – created by prescribed burning years earlier – gave crews a major advantage during bushfire suppression operations.