The department is currently collating data on how South Australian plants respond to fire, and also how they are affected by it. For example, some plants require the extreme heat produced from a fire to open their seed banks, while others are struggling to adapt to the changes in fire behaviour caused by climate change.
This information is currently being incorporated into a database which is expected to be available before the end of the year. Additional information from ongoing monitoring will be added to the database periodically.
Prescribed burns monitoring
Every prescribed burn the department carries out provides the opportunity to learn more about fire behaviour and how a bushfire would impact on an area. This information is important when developing fire management programs as it provides ecological input and can measure changes in vegetation composition before and after fires.
The department undertakes extensive monitoring of areas before and after fire management activities (including prescribed burns). This allows us to apply knowledge learned from previous burns and to adapt fire management programs to changing conditions.
Monitoring activities are particularly useful when it is unclear what role fire plays in certain ecosystems.
To ensure the department's information is in line with the rest of the nation, we use flora monitoring protocols for planned burning developed by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment with support from the Commonwealth Natural Disasters Mitigation Program and other agencies nationwide.