Fire and the environment

Southeast Australia is one of the most fire prone areas in the world. Fire is a natural part of the Australian environment. Aboriginal people used fire to manage the land and for hunting.

As a result, many of the original plants in the region have evolved with fire. For example some plant species need fire for seeds to germinate. Periodic burning is essential for the long term survival of many vegetation communities.

Different vegetation communities require different fire regimes, and species within those communities may respond differently to fire depending on its heat, duration and timing.

Vegetation communities such as the wet forest in the foothills generally have the longest fire regimes with the grassland communities having the shortest.

When management of a reserve with fire is not practical, due to its size or location, physical disturbance to enable regeneration may be possible.

In the City of Casey, Council staff work with community groups, the CFA and state agencies to identify areas that may require a burn.

Periodic burning can have fire protectors and environmental benefits.

More information on fire ecology can be found on the Department of Sustainaility and Environment's website.