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Welcome to the NAFI newsletter

What's New?
Print Function:  You can now print a map from NAFI. Simply click on the button located in the bottom left of the map area next to the pan and zoom tools. This will produce a printable map in a new window or tab on your browser. On the Chrome and Firefox browsers you can print this image out by clicking on the menu icon in the top right of the browser and then selecting "Print". For Internet Explorer there should be a "Print" button or icon along the top menu bar - but you may need to use the "Page Setup" option first to orient the page to landscape.

Did you know?


When drawing your own boundary to generate a report from the fire reporting site you can buffer the area of interest. By specifying a set distance in the 'Draw Boundary' dialog box it's possible to add a buffer (extra area) to a polygon (eg a property), a point (eg town) or a line (eg road).

If you use the SavBAT 2 emissions calculation tool to estimate abated emissions for years into the future it will make the calculations based on the most recent 2015 (high and low rainfall zone) Savanna Burning Methodology. This will produce different abatement estimates for a given project compared to the older 2013 (high rainfall only) methodology. This is due to an improved treatment of late dry season fuels. For example, a property with large amounts of mixed open forest or woodland will produce more abatement under typical improved fire management practices. If you are operating a project under the old 2013 methodology and want to use the SavBAT 2 estimation tool, this is something you need to take into account.

Laura QLD Fire & Carbon Workshop June 2015


In mid-June a forum was held in Laura on Cape York Peninsula to provide local fire managers with information on how the Savanna Burning methodology works under the new Emissions Reduction Fund. As well as local fire managers, participants included carbon brokers, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Cape York Sustainable Futures, the Aboriginal Carbon Fund, Cape York NRM, Firescape Science and NAFI. The event was organised by Cape York Sustainable Futures.

With the recent widespread entry into the Savanna Burning Methodology by Cape York Peninsula fire managers, there was keen interest in the forum. Topics covered included the steps needed to start a savanna burning methodology project, the different methodologies, NAFI fire scar mapping and its role in the methodology, the carbon market, and vegetation mapping.

If you want more information on the savanna burning methodology in Cape York Peninsula contact Cape York Sustainable Futures on (07) 4053 2856


active fire tracking slowly downhill, burning              patchily burnt hilltops in the VRD region
against the wind

Above are some photos from a spectacular flight over the VRD region of the NT to validate this year’s NAFI mapping. Each year a number of different transects are flown across Northern Australia, with survey staff recording GPS points of burnt and unburnt ground. These data are then intersected with the burnt area mapping to provide an estimate of accuracy for the NAFI burnt area product. On average to date, this figure has been about 87%.
Also recorded was a measure of how severe the fire was, which will feed into refining the fire severity mapping currently being produced by the DCBR. This product is expected to be available on the NAFI site later in the year.

For further information contact Andrew Edwards of DCBR on

Recent articles on Fire Manager include:

  • Using Google Earth Pro to view NAFI hotspots and burnt area mapping together with GPS tracks and other spatial data
  • Using SAGA GIS to map the extent of fire scars from Landsat imagery
  • More about Hotspots - a brief article explaining where the NAFI hotspots are sources from, their accuracy and their update frequency
  • More about Fire scars - a brief article explaining the mapping process, as well as issues surrounding accuracy and update frequency


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