Fuel dynamics and fire behaviour in Australian mallee and heath vegetation
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Juanita Myers; James S. Gould; Miguel G. Cruz; Meredith K. Henderson
Editor(s): Bret W. Butler; Wayne A. Cook
Publication Year: 2007

Cataloging Information

  • Australia
  • eucalypts
  • fire management
  • hazard reduction
  • mallee
  • Ngarkat Conservation Park
  • vegetation
  • International
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Record Last Modified: April 12, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 7496


In southern Australia, shrubby heath vegetation together with woodlands dominated by multistemmed eucalypts (mallee) comprise areas of native vegetation with important biodiversity values. These vegetation types occur in semiarid and mediterranean climates and can experience large frequent fires. This study is investigating changes in the fuel complex with time, fuel moisture dynamics, vertical wind profile characteristics, fire propagation thresholds, rates of spread, and flame characteristics. The project is being conducted at Ngarkat Conservation Park in South Australia with data coming from experimental and prescribed burns conducted under a range of weather conditions. The final output of this project will be a prescribed burning guide to assist land management agencies to plan and safely conduct effective hazard reduction and ecological management burns in mallee and heath fuel types.

Online Link(s):
Myers, Juanita; Gould, Jim; Cruz, Miguel; Henderson, Meredith. 2007. Fuel dynamics and fire behaviour in Australian mallee and heath vegetation. Pages 221-227 In: Butler, Bret W.; Cook, Wayne (comps.). The fire environment-innovations, management, and policy; conference proceedings. 26-30 March 2007; Destin, FL. Proceedings RMRS-P-46CD. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.