Development of Vegetation Fire Strategy for Northern Ireland

Development of a Vegetation Fire Strategy for Northern Ireland

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Shared knowledge case: Development of Vegetation Fire Strategy for Northern Ireland


In this Use Case, we would like to encourage all involved stakeholders in the process to share their contributions for the development of a Vegetation Fire Strategy for Northern Ireland. I start by uploading an article on Barriers to Best Practice.  Please feel invited to participate and comment, upload your ideas and contributions. From EFI side we will soon provide also a list of information regarded as useful in the fire strategy process. Here are some links that might be useful, we start to establish some background information on how it is done in different contexts. Should serve as options and decision support:

After hundreds of wildfire incidents in Northern Ireland’s countryside, the government decided to take action mid-2017 and operation WildFire was initiated. The operation, led by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) had the core task to investigate in more depth a number of wildfires. Fires could spread rapidly through dry ground conditions, putting property, public, habitat, and species at risk.

Following other examples, the government sought to bring forth a collaboration of different fire investigators and experts to establish a fire management strategy. The collaboration brought experts from Ireland together with Experts from the European Forest Institute, working with the European Forest Risk Facility (FRISK) to collect input and expertise for such a fire management strategy. NIEA and the stakeholders from Ireland have previously cooperated in fire-related issues with the European Forest Risk Facility, i.e. fire equipment, training, and fire investigations.

  1.  Cohesive Strategy (USA) for example,
  2. the USFA Wildland-Urban Interface toolkit, connecting to the 
  3. Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and the 
  4. Local Mitigation Planning Handbook as well as
  5.  mitigation ideas: mitigating impacts of various natural hazards.
  6. Veld and Forest Fire Act of South Africa, a good source of valuable guidance, laws and regulations, FPA´s, etc.
  7. FAO Voluntary Fire Management Guidelines (refer to "strategic actions")

  8. Another source of guidance is the EU report on "Sparking fire smart policies"
  9. Related article on the EFI Resilience Blog: 

  10. Investigating wildfires: Northern Ireland develops a vegetation fire strategy and

  11. Reducing wildfires in the countryside



  • Alexander Held
  • Andreas Schuck
  • Jakob Hörl


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