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About the course
This course helps you to measure the risk of fire in grasslands.
It consists of 6 short videos, with a total screen time of 33 minutes.
The course should take about an hour to complete.
There are multiple-choice quizzes embedded in the course, so you can track your progress.
This course is helpful if you want to:
In a major incident, grassland curing data was used to:
The Chief Officer and personnel guide you through this event.
What we do:
Measure how dry our local grass is, once a week.
During the grassland curing season, each summer.
How long does it take?
Just a few minutes.
There are two resources, which are mailed to grassland curing field observers:
1. The field card
2. The field guide.
The field card is robust enough to take into your grassland. To use the field card, just fill it out with the whiteboard marker (also supplied) and once you've sent in your results, simply wipe it off for next time.
A couple of features of the field card:
1. It's colour coded.
Height is always blue, and cover % is always red. This is to avoid confusion when using the fuel load table on the reverse side.
2. It's a complete report.
If you fill out the card, you will have everything you need to make a grassland curing report.
This is the field guide. You can read in-depth information about grassland curing, including:
How do fires burn in the different curing stages? Read all about the research that's been done in this area.
Close-up images of seed heads from different species as they go through the curing cycle.
Half-page photos of crop, native and pasture grasses at all stages of curing.
The field guide is a great resource to have at home.
What we're looking for.
To measure grassland curing, we look for the dominant grass colour, and then refine the estimate based on features like seed heads, texture and landscape features.
Fuel loads are measured by height and cover.
Measure the average height of the seed heads in the field.
This is an estimate of the density of the grass.
How much of the field card can you see through the grass?
Entering your data is easy.
You can do it online
Or over the phone.
We now combine grassland curing data from observers with satellite data.
Satellites detect grassland curing using:
The colour of the grass
The infrared signature of the grass.
Jude Alexander designed the training course for the Grassland Curing project. A trained geologist with 15 years' experience in monitoring landscapes, Jude is passionate about our capacity to work with and maintain our environment. With the growing availability of internet and satellite data, we have the capacity to manage fire, drought, flood and farm productivity... and it all starts with collecting the right data.