The Art of Roadside Burning

Hot off the press is a book on controlled roadside burning by Michael Rowe. Michael is the Captain of the Cape Clear Fire Brigade.


The Cape Clear Brigade has maintained a decades long tradition of roadside burning.  This practice was once widespread in rural areas but has decreased or totally disappeared in many parts of the country.

The aim of roadside burning is to create strategic fire breaks for community protection during the fire season.  Most years up to 40kms are burnt in the our area.  A roadside  burn can be an environmental burn.  One positive ecological result of this practice is the return of native grasses and lessening of introduced ‘weedy’ pasture species in these roadsides.

The Art of Roadside Burning

by Michael Rowe

‘The Art of Roadside Burning’ by Michael Rowe is a roadside burning manual to help brigades 

re-engage in roadside burning safely and efficiently.  The knowledge and experience have come from many years’ preventative burning by the author.

It is a down to Earth guide for people with a passion for community safety and getting

their hands dirty. This book contains original detailed diagrams on how to burn, and photographs that are relevant and highlight different aspects of roadside burning.

A wealth of information in the text and step by step guides to burning in different circumstances make this book a valuable assistant to your burns.  The publication is spiral bound to lay flat while open.  It provides a step by step timeline of how a brigade prepares and burns a roadside and contains information on planning and resourcing your burn, controlling a roadside burn, traffic management, and a ready to burn checklist.  Valuable information on choosing the tactics and burning patterns to suit conditions, burner and truck placement, water - how to use it effectively and the all important weather and local weather effects.

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Price is $25 or $29 posted to anywhere in Australia. 

Author: Samantha Plater