FUEL LOAD MAPPING
Supporting the Integrated Fire Management (IFM) in protected areas
One of IFM’s main goals is to reduce the negative impacts associated with uncontrolled, high intensity fires in the late dry season. To achieve this, controlled early dry season burning can be applied to pre-empty fuel loads and mimic natural fire regimes in the landscape. Dry vegetation is the main determinant of fire propagation, making the mapping of fuel load distribution and accumulation fundamental to planning prescribed burns. RSS provides a method to map fuel load conditions over large areas. The resulting maps prove to be very effective tools for IFM, as they allow priority areas for prescribed burning to be identified more efficiently, and also provide a means by which to evaluate fire and its management.