Integrated assessment of Prescribed burning

Prescribed burn - grass fire Shelford Victoria

The aims of this project are to provide integrated assessment of various prescribed burning strategies, and to quantify trade-offs between social and environmental outcomes from various prescribed burning strategies. Prescribed burning is likely to have both positive and negative impacts. It is inherently risky and requires expert management in planning and execution. There are potential adverse outcomes for the environment, and potential health and safety risks for the community. On the other hand, there can be offsetting benefits for life and property by reducing the risk of catastrophic fires. The challenge is to quantify these pros and cons appropriately for different circumstances, to weigh them up and quantify trade-offs.