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Bushfire Risk Assessment

Fire is a natural part of the Australian environment, and while it is critical for the regeneration and maintenance of many ecosystems there is the potential for significant impacts on life and property that must be actively managed.

The impact of climate change is also expected to lead to a higher incidence of extreme fire weather events that create the potential for devastating landscape-level fires.

Orroral fire approaching the suburbs of Canberra, 28 January 2020

Our Expertise

Umwelt offers a range of specialist bushfire management services including:

  • Fuel load assessments
  • Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessments under AS3959
  • Property Plans, particularly for large land holdings
  • Strategic Risk Mitigation Planning

Fuel load assessments are critical for residential and industrial developments

For most Australian ecosystems, there is a specific fire frequency and intensity required to allow for the removal of dead material, germination of seeds and the formation of mature, self-sustaining plant communities. Umwelt’s bushfire risk assessment teams are highly skilled in assessing and managing the potential risks from bushfire in the context of wider environmental management, including:

  • Regeneration planning
  • Assessment of optimum fire intervals
  • Identification and field survey of fire sensitive plants, animals and heritage items.

Our approach focuses on the application of latest spatial mapping and analysis technology to provide:

  • Predictive fire behaviour models to inform practical management actions
  • Ember hazard using our extensive ecological survey expertise to characterise fuel types in the landscape
  • Scenario-based planning of risk mitigations
  • Live GIS mapping tools accessible in the field

Our team includes staff with experience in bushfire planning at the local, state and national level, and are certified in Bushfire Planning and Design through the Fire Protection Association off Australia.

Example of a spatial fire model showing potential fire impacts, accessible in the field via mobile devices to support design teams.

Integrated Solutions

It is our strongly held view that effective bushfire protection requires strong integration with other areas of planning and environmental science.

Our holistic approach to risk reduction includes:

  • Ecological assessment of post-fire areas and regeneration
  • Habitat quality assessment to identify critical parts of the environment during fuel load assessments
  • Climate Change adaptation planning, looking forward to find future-proofed approaches
  • Community resilience assessment
  • Impact Assessment of bushfire protection, including scenario planning

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Our team has the experience and expertise to deliver, and we are keen to make a difference for our clients.

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