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Control measure
Consider the protection of ecological and heritage assets

Control measure knowledge

Pre-planning has a significant role in enabling the effective protection of ecological and heritage assets in the event of a wildfire.

Pre-planning with land owners and land managers should help to identify any potential hazards to ecological and heritage assets in the event that their land is involved in a wildfire.  Multi-agency groups can help fire and rescue services determine the most effective strategies and tactics to reduce the environmental impact of wildfire on ecological and heritage assets.  

Pre-planning with forestry, natural environment, environmental and heritage agencies and departments should help to determine what impacts wildfires may have on air, water, soil, nature conservation, natural resources (renewable and non-renewable), tourism and recreation.

If protected heritage assets are disturbed, damaged or destroyed as a result of firefighting actions, fire and rescue services should notify the relevant heritage agency at the earliest opportunity.

If tree felling has been carried out as part of the firefighting strategy for a wildfire, fire and rescue services should notify their local forestry agency at the earliest opportunity.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider wildfire pre-planning with land owners, land managers and multi-agency groups 

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Implement the environmental protection measures identified in operational risk information

  • Communicate any risk to the environment to those attending the incident

  • Notify the relevant heritage agency if protected heritage assets have been affected during a wildfire incident

  • Notify the relevant forestry agency if trees have been felled during the wildfire incident