Grassland Curing

Measuring your grassfire risk
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

Hi! Welcome to the grassland curing course.


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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:

  • Understand your grassland fire risk
  • Turn your knowledge into useful data for emergency services
  • Help fire agencies manage the risk of grassland fire.

What are the requirements?

  • A computer that connects to the internet
  • One hour of your time

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you will be able to measure the potential fire risk in your grassland.
  • To do this, we measure the height, curing and cover.
  • Details are sent to fire agencies and used to make a map of fire danger.

Who is the target audience?

  • Farmers and graziers
  • Firefighters
  • People who live near grasslands and wish to monitor their fire risk
  • This course originates in Victoria, Australia, but we welcome participants from anywhere!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

In a major incident, grassland curing data was used to:

  • Predict fire risk in the days before the outbreak.
  • Predict fire behaviour on the day.
  • Generate warnings that went out to the public.

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.

Quiz: What's involved?
5 questions
Section 2: Some resources to help you
2 pages

There are two resources, which are mailed to grassland curing field observers:

1. The field card

2. The field guide.

Field card

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.

1 page

Field guide

This is the field guide. You can read in-depth information about grassland curing, including:

  • Fire behaviour in grasses

How do fires burn in the different curing stages? Read all about the research that's been done in this area.

  • Seed head stages

Close-up images of seed heads from different species as they go through the curing cycle.

  • Larger photos

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.

Online resources
Section 3: Measuring your grassland

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.

Visually measuring curing
4 questions

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?

Visually measuring fuel loads
7 questions

Entering your data is easy.

You can do it online

Or over the phone.

Data entry
3 questions
Section 4: How the map is made

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.

Satellites: data from space
3 questions
Section 5: Summary
Becoming an observer

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Instructor Biography

Jude Alexander, Fire scientist, Country Fire Authority

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.

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