WORKSHOP 1 – Practical application of fire & fuels research in prescribed burning:
A research forum of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Centre of Excellence in Prescribed Burning
Date: Monday 29 April 2019
Location: NSW Rural Fire Service Headquarters | 4 Murray Rose Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Time: 1000 – 1700 (registration from 0930)
Transport: Participants to organise their travel arrangements to the Rural Fire Service Headquarters.
A bus will return participants to ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour.
Meals: Lunch & afternoon tea
Landscape management remains the single largest contributor to bushfire mitigation, with prescribed burning one of the most significant coordinated vegetation management programs. Research continues to improve our understanding, use, planning and control of fire as a tool for reducing risk in the environment – and at the same time, changes in the climate and growing health concerns from smoke are throwing up new challenges that cannot be ignored.
This workshop will focus on three streams: Environment/Climate; Planning/Risk; and Tools for prescribed burners. The program will bring together researchers with burning practitioners and planners to explore how the knowledge emerging from research programs across Australia is influencing our landscape management and the challenges confronted in the field with the adoption of new techniques and planning concepts.
WORKSHOP 2 – Fire weather
Date: Monday 29 April 2019
Location: Bureau of Meteorology Sydney, Conference Room | 15/300 Elizabeth St, Sydney, NSW
Time: 1300 – 1700 (registration from 1230)
Transport: Participants make their own travel arrangements
Meal: Afternoon tea
This workshop will focus on two topics of current interest in fire weather:
There are several fire weather events, both locally and internationally, which have been exacerbated by downslope winds in recent years. Operational weather prediction is now at a scale where it may be possible to flag the possibility of downslope winds under some circumstances. Given that is the case, how should such information be best communicated to fire and land managers?
Ensembles featured in discussions at the last Fire Behaviour and Fuels fire weather workshop in 2016. In the ensuing three years, the Bureau of Meteorology has continued to develop its weather modelling capability and is close to launching into operations ACCESS-CE, a high-resolution ensemble weather model. We’ll explore some ways that this could help agencies plan for and manage fires.
FIELD TRIP 1 – From wilderness to Western Sydney- Managing fires and fuels across the diverse landscapes of the Blue Mountains
Date: Friday 3 May 2019
Locations visited: Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Springwood & Glenbrook
Timings: Thursday 2 May 1700 – 2000| Friday 3 May 0700 – 1600
Transport: Thursday 2 May – Buses depart ICC Sydney at 1715 bound for Blue Mountains.
Friday 3 May – The bus will depart Redleaf Resort, 0800 hours and is scheduled to arrive at Sydney International Airport, 1600 hours. All participants to make their own travel arrangements after this point.
NB: IAWF urge interstate participants to book later flights as delays may occur due to unforeseen circumstances.
Accommodation (Thurs 2 May): Redleaf Resort Blackheath
Offering twin share or single room occupancy.
Meals: Dinner (Thursday evening), Breakfast, Lunch and morning/afternoon tea (Friday).
Cost: $150.00 with twin-share room | $200.00 with single room
The Blue Mountains Branch of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service manages 1.35 million hectares of reserve land that includes both the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and the interface with the rapidly growing suburbs of western Sydney. This landscape is highly fire prone and damaging wildfire events are a feature of the history of this area. In recent times (the last 18 years) more than 900 fires have occurred in national parks in the Blue Mountains and these burned more than 800,000 ha of bushland. In response to this threat the NPWS has established the largest prescribed burning program on reserved land in the state. This program burns 39,000 ha per annum and mechanically manages an extensive network of asset protection zones near the urban interface in the Blue Mountains.
This field trip will explore the challenges and lessons-learned from implementing a prescribed burn program of this scale across a diverse range of landscapes.
Participants will meet the highly experienced staff involved, view the equipment and methodology employed in project delivery, workshop the pressing research questions relevant to this program and visit iconic Blue Mountains fire management sites.
FIELD TRIP 2 – Fire behaviour analysis tools & techniques
Date: Friday 3 May 2019
Locations visited: NSW RFS headquarters, Holsworthy Barracks, Sandy Point Rural Fire Brigade & surrounding suburbs
Timings: 0830 – 1500 (participants to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure)
Transport: The bus will depart ICC Sydney, 0830 hours and travel directly to NSW RFS Headquarters. Local participants may prefer to make their way to RFS and board the bus here (arrival time 0900 hours).
The bus is scheduled to arrive at Sydney International Airport between 1400-1430 hours, followed by returning any remaining participants back to NSW RFS Headquarters.
Meals: Lunch and morning/afternoon tea
That fire shouldn’t do that at this time of the year. Unusual weather, unusual fire behaviour.
This field trip will investigate the mid-April 2018 Moorebank Ave fire that impacted Sydney’s southern suburbs. This fire burnt approximately 2500 hectares threatening several suburbs during the unseasonably warm conditions of Autumn 2018.
The field trip will examine the weather leading up to and during the event, the fuels involved, including the variation in fuel load and type as the fire spread east as well as the resultant fire behaviour and severity.
Participants will be provided information on bush fire risk mitigation measures implemented before the fire started and the subsequent impact on Sydney’s southern suburbs.