Fire Scar Report

What is a Fire Scar report?

This report shows for Lot/s on Plan of interest, a range of fire scar maps and graphs describing fire scar seasonal distribution, fires detected in different years and fuel load information.


What is included in the report?

The report includes:

  • a cumulative fire scar map for the period from 1997 to current, showing how many times fire scars were detected for an area during that period.
  • a years since burnt map showing how long ago the latest fire scar was detected.
  • a fire scars detected in each month of current year map.
  • a time series graph that indicates the number of fire scars that occurred in different months in the past.
  • a time series graph indicating the cumulative percentage fire scar area out of the total property area within an individual year.
  • a historical time series of curing index and fuel load for the property.

The fire scar maps and bar graphs were generated using information obtained from NOAA (1992 to 2018) and Sentinel (2019 to current) satellite imagery. The NOAA satellite imagery is sourced from Landgate, Government of Western Australia (, which has broad scale resolution (approximately 1.1km x 1.1km), but provides daily revisits for a site. Sentinel imagery is produced by the Queensland Government’s Remote Sensing Centre, which has a high (10m x 10m) resolution and is reported on a monthly basis (


Report sample

Report sample is available online here (PDF, 336 KB).


Subscription option

Periodic subscriptions (1, 2 or 3 months) are available for this report. See here for more information on how to subscribe and unsubscribe.


Common questions about fire scar reports

Fire scar information (spatially and temporally) can be used in land management by:


  • adequacy of fire frequency for woody plant maintenance
  • monitoring of carbon farming activities
  • checking reduced fire frequency as an indicator of inadequate fuel load (e.g. signs of overgrazing)
  • bushfire risk – monitoring fuel load build-up in woody areas
  • general knowledge of past fire regime
  • possible cause of low ground cover identified in imagery
  • pasture species management and maintenance
Last updated: 23 May 2023