What's New

NAFI Newsletter

Issue 1 (December 2014): New Reporting website|10 year reports|New NAFI tools|Training info|Wildfire Lessons.

Issue 2 (April 2015): New NAFI website|Burning Tracks|New NAFI tools|Training Workshops|New Savanna Burning Methodology|SavBAT update.

Issue 3 (July 2015): Print function|Buffering a boundary|Using SavBAT2 for estimation|Laura Forum|Fire Scar validation|New on Fire Manager.

Issue 4 (October 2015): NAFI Workshop|375m and 3 hour hotspots|Measuring Tool|NT ALT regions on Reporting Site|New on Fire Manager.

Issue 5 (April 2016): Darwin Workshop|Updated fire maps|Measuring Tool|Checking for cloud cover and lightning.

Issue 6 (July 2016): NAFI maps extended in WA|New hotspots animation tool|NAFI and Landsat image booklets|Fire scar mapping updates.

Issue 7 (October 2016): NAFI Guide|Landsat mapping|Pindan update|Central Australian Fire Guide|Ranger Toolbox|Wind website.

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March 2017:Rangelands 10 year Fire Histories updated
The recent fire histories covering most of the rangelands have been updated to 2007-2016 (i.e. covering the WA rangelands, the NT and QLD). These histories are now displayed on NAFI and are available for download as images and shapefiles from the "Download Data" tab under "Data as image or shapefile" > "Fire History".

The full rangelands fire history dating back to 2000 should be available later this year.

February 2017:Format of downloadable fire scars revised
The downloadable images of fire scars for the years 2013-2016 now have the pixels tagged with the month burnt - a change from the previous versions where pixels were tagged with a "Fire Scar Identifer" or FSID value that could be used to work out the mapping interval from an attached csv file. Feedback indicated this was a hard system to use. If you want to determine the mapping of the fire scars interval you can download the shapefile.

The image and shapefiles of annual fire scars are available from the "Download Data" tab.

February 2017:North Australian Fire Histories updated
The 2000-2016 fire histories for northern Australia (i.e. covering the Kimberley, the NT and north QLD) are now displayed on NAFI and are available for download as images and shapefiles from the "Download Data" tab under "Data as image or shapefile" > "Fire History".

February 18th 2017:2017 2016 fire scars on SavBAT
The 2016 fire scars are now finalised and are available on SavBAT 1.1 and SavBAT 2. The finalised 2016 fire scars are displayed on NAFI and are available for download.

January 2017:2017 fire scars and kml now available
The initial 2017 fire scars are now displayed and the recent years burnt fire histories have been updated. The updated fire scars are available for download for the whole of north Australia, from the map and as kmls. Go to the "Download Data" to download the new kml files for Google Earth under "Past year's fire scars".

Note that the 2016 fire scars displayed and available for download are still interim scars for 2016 - the fully reviewed 2016 fire scars should be available early in February (see below).

January 2017: 2016 Fire Scar availability date
The 2016 fire scar mapping should be finalised and available for SavBAT reports by early in February. The mapping has been completed to the end of December for most regions and is now being reviewed.

August 2016: Tool for visualising the spread of fire across a region and a season
A fire scar spread tool is available that allows you to better visualise the spread of fires across a region over fire seasons back to 2000. Go to the "Track Fires" menu then choose "Check Fire Spread" and "Animate Fire Scars".

July 2016: Four year rangelands fire history available
Four year(2012-2015) fire histories extending across most of the Australian rangelands (across WA, the NT and Qld) are now avilable for viewing and download on the NAFI site.

- To view on NAFI go to the "View Fire History" tab and select the "Rglnds" fire history links in the left hand menu.

- To download, go to the "Download Data" tab and select "Fire History" under the "Data as image or shapefile" menu - or select "Fire history patterns" under the "Data as .kml file" for viewing on Google Earth.

July 2016: New tool to track spread of older fires
A new hotspot animation tool is available that can animate the spread of all fires back to 2000. This tool is useful for seeing how fires are pulled up by breaks, how they are affected by wind conditions and roughly where they started. Go to the "Track Fires" menu then choose "Check Fire Spread" and "Animate hotpots (older)".

June 2016: Fire scar mapping extended to all of WA rangelands
The NAFI fire scar mapping has been extended to cover the whole of the Western Australian Rangelands. The hotspot coverage already extends over this region. The fire scar mapping also includes fire history mapping for the southern WA rangelands for 2013-2015. These layers can be viewed under the "View Fire History" tab.

In some areas such as the far south of WA, there will be few fires mapped given the landscape type.

March 2016:Mask showing extent of fire informtation
A grey mask showing the extent of the fire information provided by NAFI has been added to the map display. This should make it clear where it's worth looking for fire information on the site.

February 2016: Fire data updated for 2016
The fire scar, fire history and hotspots have been updated for 2016. SavBAT 1 and 2 have also been updated.

If you use Google Earth you will need to download the updated kml files by selecting the "Download Data" tab at the top and then "Data as .kml file" in the left hand menu.