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Topics > Fire management > Bushfire risk and recovery

Recovery after a fire emergency

Emergencies such as bushfires and floods may damage the built and natural environment. Fast action is often needed to stop the damage getting worse. Actions to recover from a fire or flood may start while the emergency is still active and may keep going for many months.

Parks and forests

Emergencies that affect parks and forests may force the closure of roads, tracks and visitor facilities. The department tries to reopen any closed area as soon as possible. However, reopening may take some time.

The department’s recovery role involves:

  • supporting local community recovery from the natural disaster
  • rehabilitating and restoring the damage caused by fire control operations within parks and forests
  • reopening the department's strategic road network and protecting it from erosion
  • restoring forest and park infrastructure
  • protecting water quality and supply
  • protecting cultural heritage sites
  • monitoring important plant and animals
  • weed and abundant animal control.

Plants and animals

Generally plants and animals will recover from fire over time. The length of time needed for recovery depends on how particular ecosystems respond to fire, and the frequency of successive fire events in the same area.

To help some ecosystems recover, rehabilitation and regeneration activities may include:

  • controlling invading weeds, whether from seed stock in the soil or from surrounding areas
  • controlling or preventing invasions of feral and/or abundant animals
  • stabilising areas at risk of soil erosion and replanting them with local indigenous plants
  • replanting vegetation damaged by fire control activities.

Read more about native trees in burnt areas.

People and communities

There are a number of support services to assist communities after a fire emergency. Find out about some of the services available.