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 2015/16–2017/18 can be viewed by:
- viewing each planned burn and other fire operation activity on our interactive map below
- downloading the plans and maps for each DELWP District from the table below the map
- 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 plans published below remain current until updated plans are published in 2016 following
the 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.
Planned area by region
The fuel reduction target for 2015–16 is 275,000 hectares The 'planned area' in the Fire Operations Plan is greater than the target to allow DELWP flexibility for seasonal weather conditions (see table below)
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 2016–17 or 2017–18 and ignited during 2015–16
if conditions are favourable, or some may be delayed if weather conditions aren't suitable to conduct burns.
The areas (in hectares) available for treating with planned burns in each region, by years.
Planned area (ha)
Planned area (ha)
Planned area (ha)
Barwon South West
In addition to planned burning, approx. 15,000 hectares of non-burn fuel treatments are also identified in the fire operations plan across the state.
2015/16–2017/18 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 2015/16–2017/18, as of 25 September 2015.
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 [MS Word Document - 57.0 KB].
For information about public safety zones visit the Closures of parks and forests web page.
Not sure what DELWP Region or District you're in?
Use the following map or contact the DELWP Customer Service Centre for help 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.
For more information download the current approved Fire Operations Plan Amendments. (No amendments current.)
Amendments since the Fire Operations Plan was approved in September 2015 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, as of September 2015.
Please be patient as some of the files are very large and may take some time to download.