Fire Product Update 2011-12


Updated information to that provided in Rangelands 2008 - Taking the pulse

About the report

The continued mapping of fire scars from satellite imagery has allowed ACRIS to update the fire record for 2011 and 2012.  A complete fire record for the rangelands now exists between 1997 and 2012.  Fire extent and frequency continue to vary considerably across the rangelands. Notable features include:

  • Continuing widespread and frequent fire in much of northern Australia.  There is building evidence of increased early dry-season burning (i.e. cooler fires) to mitigate the extent and severity of hotter fires in the late dry season.
  • A major fire event occurred in different parts of central Australia in 2011 and 2012 following two years of exceptional rainfall.  The majority of fires in this region do not re-burn country that was burnt in the previous year, so the pattern of fire was complementary over the two year period.