Role of Fire & Fire Behaviour


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About the Lecturer

Dr Kevin Tolhurst AM, Assoc. Prof. (Hon.), Fire Ecology and Management, University of Melbourne

Kevin Tolhurst is an Honorary Associate Professor in Fire Ecology and Management in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne based in Creswick.

Kevin led a long-term (30 yrs), multidisciplinary study into the effects of repeated low intensity fires in dry eucalypt forest in Victoria. This research has led to changes in how fuels are assessed, how ecological values are incorporated into fire management, and how bushfire risk is assessed.

Kevin and his colleague, Derek Chong, developed PHOENIX RapidFire, a computer program that simulates bushfires to aid realtime bushfire control operations and to assist in bushfire risk analysis for ecological and land-use planning. PHOENIX RapidFire is used widely used in Australia.

Kevin has shared his knowledge via the public media, community forums and a long teaching and research career. In 2015, Kevin was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to fire science and the community over a long period. In 2016, he was honoured again with the International Association of Wildland Fire’s “Ember Award”, for excellence in wildland fire science.

Fundamentals of Fire Behaviour

In this video:

  • What is “fire”?
  • 5 Sources of energy captured by fires
  • Fuels
  • Weather
  • Topography
  • Moisture (rain, drought, air, soil)
  • Atmospheric Stability
  • Fire prediction (models, simulators, prescribed burning/wildfire management)

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Prescribed Burning

In this video:

  • Management by objectives
  • Fire prescriptions based on fire prediction and known fire responses
  • Controllable use of fire
  • High intensity / low intensity prescribed burning
  • Fire scale, frequency, intensity, patchiness, season
  • Planning, preparation, implementation, monitoring, review
  • Adaptive management
  • “Rule of the Tool” trap

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Fire & Sustainable Land Management

In this video:

  • Fire Management Planning process
  • Fundamentals of fire ecology
  • Fire scale (fauna, flora, soils, carbon)
  • Fire season (fauna, flora, soils, carbon)
  • Fire frequency (fauna, flora, soils, carbon)
  • Fire patchiness (fauna, flora, soils, carbon)
  • Fire intensity (fauna, flora, soils, carbon)
  • Fire Regime vs Fire System
  • Planning, preparation, implementation, monitoring, review
  • Adaptive management

For further reading, click HERE to download