Fire Operations Plans outline where and when DELWP and Parks Victoria intend to carry out fire management operations on Victoria's public land over the next three years. These works are done to reduce bushfire risk and to maintain the health of native plants that rely on fire to survive. They include planned burning, slashing, mowing and clearing works, creating and maintaining fuel breaks and carrying out fire infrastructure maintenance (like fire dams and lookout towers).
The current Fire Operations Plan for 2016/17–2018/19 can be viewed by:
- viewing each planned burn and other fire operation activity on our interactive map
- downloading plans and maps for each district from the table below
- visiting your local DELWP or Parks Victoria office.
The plans are driven by our strategic planning and are updated each year with the latest local information to help us work out what fuel management activities to carry out, including where and how often to burn.
The Fire Operations Plan remains current until updated following an annual review process.
We have developed the plans in consultation with community members, local councils, Melbourne Water, forest managers, CFA, wineries, tourism industry ,apiarists, flora and fauna specialists and any other parties who register their interest.
DELWP and Parks Victoria welcome comments all year round and we encourage you to have input into all parts of the strategic and operational planning process.
Reducing Bushfire Risk
This year, DELWP has provided Bushfire Risk Landscape - FOP Statements, to explain how strategic planning has guided FOP development, and also to demonstrate the projected residual risk reduction and ecological outcomes of the fire operations plan over the coming three years.
Planned area by region
The Fire Operations Plan contains a sufficient number and variety of fuel treatments to give staff flexibility for seasonal weather conditions and help meet local scheduling needs.
The timing of fuel reduction activities is indicative only, and may change in response to weather conditions. This means that activities may be carried out in any year over the three year period. For example burns may be brought forward from 2017–18 or 2018–19 and ignited during 2016–17 if conditions are favourable, or some may be delayed if weather conditions aren't suitable to conduct burns.
The areas available for treating with planned burns in each region, by years:
Planned area (ha)
Planned area (ha)
Planned area (ha)
|Barwon South West||14,641||14,762||14,840|
2016/17–2018/19 Fire Operations Plans and maps
For details of fire operations activities in each DELWP fire district, including burn areas and locations, use our interactive map or download the documents in the table below the map.
Please note, the Fire Operations Plan is designed to be flexible, allowing the timing of proposed activities over the three year period to change in response to weather and other conditions. This means activities such as burns may be carried out in a different year than indicated in the plan.
The map shows all approved planned burns and other fire operations activities for 2016/17 - 2018/19, as of 1 August 2016.
To select the information you want to see, click on the blue tab with a white cross at the top of the map. For map help see our quick guide (DOC, 41.5 KB).
For information about public safety zones, visit closures of parks and forests.
Not sure what region or district you're in?
Check the map of DELWP regions and districts, or contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Amendments to the approved Fire Operations Plan
On occasion it is necessary to modify fire operations activities including changing burns, rescheduling burns, or removing or adding new burns to the Fire Operations Plans due to seasonal conditions, natural events, bushfire events, new information and requests by the community.
Amendments since the Fire Operations Plan was approved in August 2016 have not been added to, or removed from, the files and maps below.
Plans and maps
The table below shows the Fire Operations Plan for each DELWP region and associated district maps, current as of 01 August 2016.
Please be patient as some of the files are very large and may take some time to download.
Bushfire Risk Landscape
|Bushfire risk landscape||FOP Statement|
|Alpine & Greater Gippsland||FOP Statement - Alpine & Greater Gippsland (PDF, 353.4 KB)|
|Alpine & North East||FOP Statement - Alpine & North East (PDF, 439.1 KB)|
|Barwon Otway||FOP Statement - Barwon Otway (PDF, 321.4 KB)|
|East Central||FOP Statement - East Central (PDF, 1.2 MB)|
|Mallee & Murray Goulburn||FOP Statement - Mallee & Murray Goulburn (PDF, 327.3 KB)|
|South West||FOP Statement - South West (PDF, 313.8 KB)|
|West Central||FOP Statement - West Central (PDF, 75.0 KB)|