Territory Stories

Desert fire : fire and regional land management in the arid landscapes of Australia

Details:

Title

Desert fire : fire and regional land management in the arid landscapes of Australia

Other title

edited by GP Edwards and GE Allan

Editor

Edwards, Glenn P; Allan, G. E.

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; DKCRC Report 37

Date

2009

Notes

Date:2009; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Executive summary -- 1. Introduction and overview of Desert Fire -- 2. Managing fire in the southern Tanami Desert -- 3. Aboriginal burning issues in the southern Tanami: towards understanding tradition-based fire knowledge in a contemporary context -- 4. Pastoralists’ perspectives on the costs of widespread fires in the pastoral lands of the southern Northern Territory region of central Australia, 2000–02 -- 5. A review of fire management on central Australian conservation reserves: towards best practice -- 6. The fire history of Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve 1984–2005.

Language

English

Subject

Fire Management -- Australia, Central

Publisher name

Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Place of publication

Alice Springs

Series

DKCRC Report 37

Format

iii, 338 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf

ISBN

1741581125; 1741581109

ISSN

1832-6684

Use

Copyright

Copyright owner

Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/213472

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/715141

Page content

Desert Knowledge CRC Desert Fire: f i re and regional land management in the ar id landscapes of Austral ia Ch 2: Managing fire in the southern Tanami Desert pp. 8 Only a relatively small portion of the landscape carried two fires with short fire intervals. They were primarily on spinifex sand plain and dunefield areas. The fuel loads for the second fire would have been a mix of regenerating spinifex and diverse other short-lived grasses, probably dominated by Aristida and Eragrostis species. These areas are dominated by relatively robust species and contain few species or individuals that would be significantly affected by short interval fires. Recent research has improved our understanding of the species response and sensitivities to fire within these communities (Wright 2007). Further studies are warranted, but the opportunities to undertake the work in the arid zone can be restricted by climatic and seasonal conditions. 2.. Recent fire patterns in the Tanami Desert region: 200200 Following the formal period of the Desert Fire project and the previous detailed analysis of the fire patterns from 19972005, there has been another period of two years of above average rainfall and extensive fires in the Tanami Desert. Rainfall in both Rabbit Flat and Yuendumu exceeded the 120% threshold over a 24-month period (Figure 2.34), which was in contrast to the conditions in Alice Springs. 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 220 240 260 1 9 9 5 0 2 -1 9 9 7 0 1 1 9 9 5 0 5 -1 9 9 7 0 4 1 9 9 5 0 8 -1 9 9 7 0 7 1 9 9 5 1 1 -1 9 9 7 1 0 1 9 9 6 0 2 -1 9 9 8 0 1 1 9 9 6 0 5 -1 9 9 8 0 4 1 9 9 6 0 8 -1 9 9 8 0 7 1 9 9 6 1 1 -1 9 9 8 1 0 1 9 9 7 0 2 -1 9 9 9 0 1 1 9 9 7 0 5 -1 9 9 9 0 4 1 9 9 7 0 8 -1 9 9 9 0 7 1 9 9 7 1 1 -1 9 9 9 1 0 1 9 9 8 0 2 -2 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 9 8 0 5 -2 0 0 0 0 4 1 9 9 8 0 8 -2 0 0 0 0 7 1 9 9 8 1 1 -2 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 9 9 0 2 -2 0 0 1 0 1 1 9 9 9 0 5 -2 0 0 1 0 4 1 9 9 9 0 8 -2 0 0 1 0 7 1 9 9 9 1 1 -2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 -2 0 0 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 8 -2 0 0 2 0 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 -2 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 5 -2 0 0 3 0 4 2 0 0 1 0 8 -2 0 0 3 0 7 2 0 0 1 1 1 -2 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 5 -2 0 0 4 0 4 2 0 0 2 0 8 -2 0 0 4 0 7 2 0 0 2 1 1 -2 0 0 4 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 2 -2 0 0 5 0 1 2 0 0 3 0 5 -2 0 0 5 0 4 2 0 0 3 0 8 -2 0 0 5 0 7 2 0 0 3 1 1 -2 0 0 5 1 0 2 0 0 4 0 2 -2 0 0 6 0 1 2 0 0 4 0 5 -2 0 0 6 0 4 2 0 0 4 0 8 -2 0 0 6 0 7 2 0 0 4 1 1 -2 0 0 6 1 0 2 0 0 5 0 2 -2 0 0 7 0 1 2 0 0 5 0 5 -2 0 0 7 0 4 2 0 0 5 0 8 -2 0 0 7 0 7 2 0 0 5 1 1 -2 0 0 7 1 0 Date ( 24-Month Period ) P ro p o rt io n o f A v e ra g e 2 4 -M o n th C u m u la ti v e R a in fa ll Rabbit Flat Yuendumu Alice Springs Figure 2.34: Rabbit Flat, Yuendumu and Alice Springs Station Rainfall, 19972007 Note: Represented as the running total of 2-month cumulative rainfall expressed as a percent of the average 2-month cumulative rainfall for the available recording period. Average 24-month rainyear values were 918 mm for Rabbit Flat (19692006), 717 mm for Yuendumu (19522006) and 564 mm for Alice Springs (18732006). The rainfall peaks above the 120% threshold for Rabbit Flat and Yuendumu during 2007 are associated with extensive fires in the Tanami Desert during 200. As a result there were numerous fires during the latter part of 2006, which were caused by both lightning and roadside ignitions (Figure 2.35). The roadside ignitions caused concern for some pastoralists. More extensive fires occurred during the second half of 2007. The most significant one began as three separate fires in early September 2007. The first was lit on the eastern side of the Tanami Desert near Tennant Creek, the second on the northern edge of the Tanami Desert near Lajamanu and the third near Rabbit Flat. The fires coalesced in the central Tanami Desert and over a period of eight weeks burnt an area exceeding 75 000 km (Figure 2.35).


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