Wild Bushfire Control and Management in New South Wales, Australia


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Problems
  • 2.1 Goals
  • 2.2 Context
  • 2.3 Evaluating Problems in terms of Decision Making
  • Analysis of the Problem
  • 3.1 Trends Fire Management
  • 3.2 Exploration of the factors and conditions that have shaped the trends
  • 3.3 Projection of future trends, with an emphasis on exploring the relationship between projected impacts and the achievement of goals
  • Alternative Actions towards Reducing the Impact of Bushfires in the Blue Mountain
  • 4.1 Regulated Patrolling of the High Fire Risk Areas
  • 4.2 Building Enhancement
  • 4.3 Wildlife Protection
  • 4.4 Accurate Weather Forecast and Warning System
  • 4.5 Integration of Indigenous Knowledge and Experience
  • 4.6 Increasing Public Awareness
  • 4.7 Adaptive Management Process
  • Conclusion
  • References

1. Introduction

Bush-land and rangelands, within the region of New South Wales, Australia comprises a wide range of landscapes that has long been experiencing severe destructions owing to the ignition of natural fire. The bushfire regimes, thus imposed within the region, have also been recognised to significantly influence on the recent structure along with the composition of the overall ecosystem of the area (NSW Government, 2012). Apparently, the frequent incidents of bushfires are considered as one of the major threats for the human life, causing degradation of natural and cultural values of the national parks and reserves that are protected by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) (NSW Government, n.d.). It is however worth mentioning that bushfire is a natural incidence, which acts as a cyclical process of bio-diversity as it is able to fertilize lands and increase mineral density in the soil to cultivate better afforestation. Corresponding to the fact, its benefits to the environment are often observed to be limited to its efficient management, aimed at ensuring that the fire remains in its low-intensity scale. To be noted, bushfire extending from its defined intensity scale is categorised as a natural disaster and may cause immense loss to human kind and livestock in the region. This in turn necessitates better and efficient management of bushfire (Geoscience Australia, 2007).    

Emphasising the long-standing threats from the bushfires in the New South Wales region of Australia, the report tends to critically analyse the major problems associated with bushfire and the corresponding steps taken by the NPWS to effectively deal with the persisting issues within the region. In order to provide adequate support to the bushfire, the management processes implemented by the NPWS along with their currently practiced advanced fire management regimes have been critically analysed in this report. Thus, the report would focus not only on the initiatives of NPWS along with critically assess the performance of Rural Fire Service (RFS) to protect lands from bushfire in the respective region. Moreover, the report also encompasses the major influencing factors leading to the frequent incidence of bushfire. The report also analyses the bushfire management planning and measures developed by the agencies towards protecting the natural heritage of Blue Mountains and proposes alternatives.

Wild Bushfire Control and Management in New South Wales, Australia

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