Did you know that fire is an important tool used by Aboriginal people to protect and manage the land? Traditional fire management methods are often called ‘cultural burning’, ‘fire stick farming’ or ‘cool burning’. Regular cool burns do more than reduce the risk of bushfires; they encourage biodiversity and a healthy environment. Local fire brigades also work to reduce the risk of bushfire by using conventional methods called ‘back burning’ and ‘hazard reduction burning’.
Fire management is crucial in Australia, whichever method is applied. In this digital resource, explore the factors that cause bushfires to become out of control. Investigate the different ways that Australians respond to bushfire threats. Discover more about the various approaches to land conservation and the important role of bushfires.