CFA has programs and publications to assist people working in the rural landscape to make bushfire planning and operations as environmentally sustainable as possible.

Roadsides are important for safety, the provision of services and the environment. Roadside management involves a wide range of issues and organisations.

One important issue is roadside fire management.

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Sustainable fire management

Sustainable fire management meets community safety objectives for protecting life and property while:

  • avoiding or, if that is not possible or practical, minimising harm to the environment, including the quality of air, land, water, and biodiversity
  • maintaining or improving biodiversity (through regime management) where practical
  • using regime management to reduce the occurence and intensity of bushfire across the landscape
  • meeting legal and policy obligations for environmental care.

Information on sustainable fire management is available in the guide below.

cover of fire ecology guideThis Fire Ecology Guide has been established by CFA to assist those working in the rural landscape to make bushfire planning and operations as (environmentally) sustainable as possible.


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Fire-Scape program - balancing fire safety with fire ecology

Fires are a natural part of the Australian landscape. In Victoria they can be devastating; however appropriate fire regimes are necessary for many native plants and animals to survive. Fire-Scape is one CFA response to finding a balance between fire safety and fire ecology.

Fire-Scape is a CFA initiative that allows community and other land managers to work together across a local community 'Fire Landscape'. The benefits include a better protection for life and property and the environment. The program includes materials, workshops and community fire management planning.

Fire-Scape information flyer (PDF 449.6KB)

More Information

If you would like further information on our sustainable fire management programs contact your local CFA vegetation management officer at your nearest CFA office.

Roadside Management

A Roadside Management Program has been established by CFA to support CFA members and other organisations and individuals involved in roadside fire management.

New information regarding Roadside Management is available. Please read the following document:

Roadside Mowing and other Fire Prevention Works (PDF 11.5KB)

cover of roadside fire management guidelines document CFA has also developed the Roadside Fire Management Guidelines (PDF 583.6KB) to provide advice and information on planning effective roadside fire management and a worksheet to help plan roadside fire management activities.
cover of roadside fire management brochure These guidelines are supported by the Roadside Fire Management General Information brochure (PDF 516.2KB). This document explains key fire science information in a simple way.

Roadside Program Case Studies

A number of Roadside Program Case Studies are also available to provide ideas and information about current roadside fire management plans, projects and programs being undertaken by CFA and other organisations.

Herbicide Policy

CFA supports the use of herbicide for fire prevention on private and public land, where it is safe and effective.

More Information

The CFA Roadside Program provides support for general roadside fire management issues. If you have a particular roadside fire management issue, contact your local municipal council or your local CFA office for advice.

For more information about the CFA Roadside Program, contact CFA Community Safety on 03 9262 8444.

For information about VicRoads road management issues go to the VicRoads website.




Page last updated:  Thursday, 9 November 2023 5:17:36 PM