Bioregional planned burn guidelines

Improved fire management in national parks - bioregional planned burn guidelines

A key component to improving fire management in Queensland’s National Parks has been developing Planned Burn Guidelines.

The guidelines give rangers and other land managers 'nuts and bolts' information and tools necessary to confidently identify fire management issues and implement planned burns, right down to ignition, so that staff can be confident in achieving and reporting on fire management objectives.

The guidelines are based on Queensland’s thirteen Bioregions, address Fire Vegetation Groups (groups of related ecosystems that share common fire management requirements), and have been developed via expert panel and regional consultation. The guidelines use indicators/benchmarks supported by photographs to help land managers identify fire related issues in the field, and contain specific guidance on forming fire management objectives and identifying suitable fire behaviour, weather conditions, and tactics to address the issues.

They assist rangers and other land managers to protect life and property; maintain healthy ecosystems; promote awareness of fire management issues in the field; identify clear fire management objectives to address those issues and how to assess objectives to assist in adaptive management; identify suitable fire behaviour, burn tactics and weather conditions to achieve objectives; and provide information and tools to assist in implementing planned burns.

While we acknowledge a wide range of individuals for their support in developing these bioregional planned burn guides, a special mention goes to the Queensland Herbarium who have worked closely with the department to produce the bioregional planned burn guidelines that work in collaboration with the Herbarium’s Regional Ecosystem Fire Management Guidelines.


The fire vegetation group spatial data files that directly link to each planned burn guide can be downloaded from the Queensland Spatial Catalogue (use the search term 'planned burn guidelines').

The planned burn guidelines are provided below as PDF files for printing purposes. Because of large file size, some have been split in sections to enable faster download and as a complete PDF to facilitate printing.

Map of bioregions

Map of bioregions

Introductory Volume

How to assess if your burn is ready to go

Brigalow Belt Bioregion of Queensland (BRB)

Channel Country Bioregion of Queensland (CHC)

Central Queensland Coast Bioregion of Queensland (CQC)

Cape York Peninsula Bioregion of Queensland (CYP)

Desert Uplands Bioregion of Queensland (DEU)

Einasleigh Uplands Bioregion of Queensland (EUI)

Gulf Plains Bioregion of Queensland (GUP)

Mitchell Grass Downs Bioregion of Queensland (MGD)

Mulga Lands Bioregion of Queensland (MUL)

North West Highlands Bioregion of Queensland (NWH)

New England Tableland Bioregion of Queensland (NET)

South East Queensland Bioregion of Queensland (SEQ)

Wet Tropics Queensland Bioregion of Queensland (WET)