Map of Mallee and Murray Goulburn - Residual Risk 85%


  • Higher annual temperature
  • Mix of agricultural, grazing and bush
  • Vast region with large Mallee parks
  • Small population, living largely in safe rural cities
  • Dry landscape with mix of growth stages, with much native vegetation dependant on fire to regenerate

Fuel Management

  • Large strategic fire breaks in northern Mallee parks to stop small fires from becoming large bushfires
  • Fuel reduction on edge of Mallee parks near communities
  • Planned burning to reduce fuel in large areas of public land
  • Planned burning undertaken for risk reduction and ecological resilience objectives

Get involved

The Mallee and Murray Goulburn bushfire risk landscape (MMGBRL) team are interested in holding community bushfire risk forums in high risk communities in the landscape. The aim of these forums is for the community to learn more about bushfire risk and what is being done to manage bushfires in their local area.
There is an opportunity for these communities to have regular follow up meetings to learn from each other and be involved in strategic bushfire planning.
Other ways community members can keep up to date with strategic bushfire planning is by being on the mailing list for newsletters or attending the Big Desert or Little Desert Fire Conferences.
Anyone with an interest in bushfire risk and strategic bushfire planning should contact Claire Wilkinson, DELWP's Strategic Partnerships Facilitator:

For the Mallee region, issues with planned burning and fire management can be directed to the Mallee Fire Advisory Committee, which is a group of interested stakeholders set up to work with DELWP and Parks Victoria to consider the most effective tactics, techniques and strategies for fire management on public land in the Mallee. To get in touch please call 136 186.

Strategic Bushfire Management Planning

We have developed a strategic bushfire management planning framework that, with the help of communities, identifies values to be protected from bushfire, assesses bushfire risk to those values and sets out strategies to manage this risk.

So far we have developed strategies to manage fuel on public land, and our framework allows us to extend this to private land. Our robust and community-centred approach means that over time we can progressively develop other strategies beyond fuel management, to reduce bushfire risk in partnership with communities.

DELWP and Parks Victoria have released the first generation of strategic bushfire management plans – describing our approach to bushfire fuel management on public land in Victoria.

Download a summary of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [PDF File - 1.6 MB]
Download a summary of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [MS Word Document - 76.9 KB]

Download the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [PDF File - 5.5 MB]
Download the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan [MS Word Document - 4.6 MB]

In 2016, we will commence the second generation plans, involving communities in developing strategies to manage bushfire fuels across public and private land – bringing together local knowledge and values with world-leading bushfire science and modelling capability.

Bushfire Risk

The residual risk curve tells a story about how bushfires, recovering fuels after bushfires and our fuel management activities, affect the changing levels of bushfire risk across the landscape over time.

Within the Mallee Murray Goulburn landscape, residual risk is currently at around 85%, despite large bushfires and increased levels of planned burning. Most of the risk within the landscape arises from private farming land and small parcels of vegetation, where it is more difficult to manage fuels.  

Residual risk steadily increased from 1981 through to 1993, and from 1999 through to 2008, as fuels re-accumulated in bushfire-affected areas, particularly near Dimboola.

Since 2010, residual risk has decreased sharply due to an increased level of planned burning around Inglewood and Rushworth.

Residual risk is projected to remain generally similar to current levels over the next three years as planned burning scheduled in the fire operations plan is carried out.

Environmental Metrics

Understanding the impact of fire on ecosystems requires first being able to define and measure ecosystem resilience.  Tolerable Fire Interval (TFI) and Vegetation Growth Stage Structure (GSS) are used as indicators of ecosystem resilience at a landscape level. These allow us to better understand ecosystem resilience and the impacts of fire.

Map of Tolerable Fire Interval 2015 [PDF File - 489.8 KB]

Map of Growth Stage Structure 2015 [PDF File - 471.5 KB]

Within the Mallee Murray Goulburn landscape, around 35% of vegetation on public land is currently below minimum TFI.

In 2014/15, less than one percent of vegetation on public land was burnt by bushfire or planned burning while below minimum TFI.

Over the past decade, the area of vegetation in the landscape below minimum TFI has steadily increased.

The Big Desert Bushfire of 2002/03, the Southern Sunset Bushfire of 2007 and the Lake Albacutya-Wyperfeld Bushfire in 2014 burnt a combined total of 261,000 hectares within the Mallee region of the landscape. As a result, large areas of vegetation have been below minimum TFI for the past decade. Regular, large bushfires in the Little Desert have also added to the area of vegetation below minimum TFI.

Contact numbers

DELWP General enquiries: 136 186

VicEmergency Hotline: 1800 226 226

Planning and Local Government Switchboard: 03 9208 3333

National Relay Service

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