Hotspot Fire Project


"I think Hotspots is probably one of the most interesting programs of its kind, because I can't think of a better way to inform people about this critical issue of understanding fire and understanding the needs of our native plant and animals with regard to fire."
Professor Ross Bradstock Centre for Environmental Risk Management,
University of Wollongong

Based on best available science and operational knowledge, the Hotspots Fire Project is a NSW training program which provides landholders and land managers with the skills and knowledge needed to actively and collectively participate in fire management planning and implementation for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity conservation.

Hotspots understands that well-informed and well prepared communities complement the roles of land managers and fire agencies and that a shared approach to fire management is critical to any form of planning.

  • Nature Conservation Council of NSW
  • NSW Rural Fire Service

Under the guidance of the nine project partners in the Advisory Committee, Hotspots is delivered through the coordinated efforts of the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.


Supporting sustainable fire management for healthy landscapes.


Increase community understanding of the role of fire in the Australian bush and to improve the management of fire across the landscape for ecological outcomes, while also protecting life and property.

HotSpots Core objectives

Objective 1:
On-ground fire management is informed by the best available fire ecology research and operational knowledge.
Objective 2:
Landholders and land managers gain knowledge and skills to engage in practical and sustainable fire management - and plan and implement together strategies across landscapes.
Objective 3:
Sustainable fire regimes are recognised in and are part of relevant regional, state and national policies and programs.