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Bioregional planned burn guidelines

Improved fire management in national parks - bioregional planned burn guidelines

A key component to improving fire management in Queensland’s National Parks has been developing Planned Burn Guidelines.

The guidelines give rangers and other land managers 'nuts and bolts' information and tools necessary to confidently identify fire management issues and implement planned burns, right down to ignition, so that staff can be confident in achieving and reporting on fire management objectives.

The guidelines are based on Queensland’s thirteen Bioregions, address Fire Vegetation Groups (groups of related ecosystems that share common fire management requirements), and have been developed via expert panel and regional consultation. The guidelines use indicators/benchmarks supported by photographs to help land managers identify fire related issues in the field, and contain specific guidance on forming fire management objectives and identifying suitable fire behaviour, weather conditions, and tactics to address the issues.

They assist rangers and other land managers to protect life and property; maintain healthy ecosystems; promote awareness of fire management issues in the field; identify clear fire management objectives to address those issues and how to assess objectives to assist in adaptive management; identify suitable fire behaviour, burn tactics and weather conditions to achieve objectives; and provide information and tools to assist in implementing planned burns.

While we acknowledge a wide range of individuals for their support in developing these bioregional planned burn guides, a special mention goes to the Queensland Herbarium (Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation) who have worked closely with the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) to produce the bioregional planned burn guidelines that work in collaboration with the Herbarium’s Regional Ecosystem Fire Management Guidelines.


The fire vegetation group spatial data files that directly link to each planned burn guide can be downloaded from the Queensland Spatial Catalogue (use the search term 'planned burn guidelines').

The planned burn guidelines are provided below as PDF files for printing purposes. Because of large file size, some have been split in sections to enable faster download and as a complete PDF to facilitate printing.


How to assess if your burn is ready to go

A5 booklet (PDF, 257K)

Pocket guide (PDF, 695K)

Brigalow Belt Bioregion of Queensland (BRB)

Part 1 (PDF, 5.6M) 

Part 2 (PDF, 4.8M) 

Part 3 (PDF, 4.6M) 

Complete document (PDF, 14M)

Channel Country Bioregion of Queensland (CHC)

Complete document (PDF, 5.2M)

Central Queensland Coast Bioregion of Queensland (CQC)

Part 1 (PDF, 5.4M)

Part 2 (PDF, 5.5M)

Part 3 (PDF, 5.5M)

Complete document (PDF, 16M)

Cape York Peninsula Bioregion of Queensland (CYP)

Part 1 (PDF, 5.2M)

Part 2 (PDF, 4.4M)

Part 3 (PDF, 5.5M)

Part 4 (PDF, 2.3M)

Complete document (PDF, 16M)

Desert Uplands Bioregion of Queensland (DEU)

Part 1 (PDF, 3.7M)

Part 2 (PDF, 4.2M)

Complete document (PDF, 7.6M)

Einasleigh Uplands Bioregion of Queensland (EUI)

Complete document (PDF, 5.4M)

Gulf Plains Bioregion of Queensland (GUP)

Part 1 (PDF, 5.1M)

Part 2 (PDF, 3.5M)

Complete document (PDF, 8.2M)

Mitchell Grass Downs Bioregion of Queensland (MGD)

Complete document (PDF, 4.1M)

Mulga Lands Bioregion of Queensland (MUL)

Complete document (PDF, 5.0M)

North West Highlands Bioregion of Queensland (NWH)

Complete document (PDF, 4.2M)

New England Tableland Bioregion of Queensland (NET)

Complete document (PDF, 4.4M)

South East Queensland Bioregion of Queensland (SEQ)

Part 1 (PDF, 4.0M)

Part 2 (PDF, 5.7M)

Complete document (PDF, 9.3M)

Wet Tropics Queensland Bioregion of Queensland (WET)

Part 1 (PDF, 4.3M)

Part 2 (PDF, 4.2M)

Part 3 (PDF, 5.6M)

Complete document (PDF, 13M)

Last updated
28 August 2013