What Is A Bushfire Management Plan?

Close Up Image Of Bushfire — Bushfire Services In Newcastle, NSW

What Is A Bushfire Management Plan?

For those living in forested, grassland or rural landscapes, bushfires can be an unavoidable part of life. Although the devastation that can follow can be life-changing, planning and preparation are essential for providing the best possible protection from these events. A comprehensive bushfire management plan is one of the best ways to keep yourself and your family safe from the danger of bushfires. Should an event occur, it will allow you to get back on your feet much more quickly and safely. In this blog post, we’ll answer the commonly asked question “what is a bushfire management plan?” Read on to learn more.

What Is A Bushfire Management Plan?

A bushfire management plan is a document that outlines the strategies and actions taken to reduce the risk of bushfires in a specific area. It is an important tool for protecting you and your loved ones and neighbours, your property, and the surrounding environment from the impacts of bushfires.

A bushfire management plan has three key components:

Bushfire Vegetation (Fuel) Management Plan

This involves taking steps to reduce the amount of flammable vegetation in an area. It is an important part of reducing the risk of bushfires and mitigating their impacts. There are a variety of methods that can be used for bushfire vegetation management, including:

  • Clearing and thinning vegetation around buildings and other assets
  • Removing dead or dying plants and trees
  • Creating fuel breaks (areas with reduced fuel loads)
  • Prescribed burns (controlled fires that reduce fuel loads and increase ecosystem health)


Effective bushfire vegetation management requires a thorough understanding of the local ecosystem and the potential impacts of different management strategies. It is important to consider the potential impacts on wildlife, soil health and water quality when developing a vegetation management plan.

Additionally, it is essential to work with professionals and local authorities and follow all applicable regulations when implementing vegetation management strategies.

Asset Protection Plan

An asset protection plan is a set of measures taken to protect specific buildings or structures from bushfires. These measures are designed to reduce the risk of bushfires damaging or destroying assets and can include a variety of strategies and actions.

One aspect of an asset protection plan is the use of fire-resistant building materials in new builds and renovations. Other measures that are included in an asset protection plan are creating a fire-safe zone around the asset, installing firefighting equipment and developing wind breaks to suppress ember attacks.

In some cases, an asset protection plan may also include the establishment and maintenance of an Asset Protection Zone (APZ) and strategic trail network. An APZ is an area around an asset that is designed to provide an extra level of protection from bushfires. It may include measures such as removing flammable vegetation and installing firefighting equipment. A strategic trail network is a network of trails that are used to access and defend an asset during a bushfire.

A Bushfire Maintenance Plan

This component of the plan outlines the steps that need to be taken to ensure all fire prevention and suppression equipment and infrastructure is in good working order. This is important because effective firefighting equipment and infrastructure can make a significant difference in the ability to prevent or suppress a bushfire.

Regular maintenance and testing of firefighting equipment is crucial to ensure that it is in good working order and ready for use when needed. This may include tasks such as inspecting and cleaning hoses, checking pump pressure and replacing worn or damaged parts. It is also important to ensure that all firefighting equipment is properly stored and protected from the elements to ensure it remains in good condition.

In addition to maintaining firefighting equipment, it is also important to ensure that access roads and fire trails are clear and passable. This may involve clearing debris from roadways and repairing damaged infrastructure. Ensuring that access roads and fire trails are in good condition is essential for the safe and efficient movement of firefighting personnel and equipment during a bushfire emergency.

Are You Bushfire Ready?

Overall, a bushfire maintenance plan is an important tool for reducing the risk of bushfires and protecting people, property and the environment.

Bushfire and Environmental Management Consultancy has the capacity to plan, write, resource and implement bushfire management plans including mechanical and burning hazard reduction programs. We include an assessment of the site; develop the planning documentation and we obtain environmental approval in consultation with local fire authorities and stakeholders. We are committed to helping you create the best strategy to minimise risk to your property and service the Hunter Valley, the Central Coast, the Mid North Coast, Newcastle and Port Stephens. Don’t leave the safety of your property and family up to chance, get in touch with us via our contact form or give us a call today on 0408 667 137.