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Grassland Curing

Most grass species possess a life cycle where they annually dry out and die or become dormant. This process is referred to as curing and is an important factor in fire behaviour prediction as the amount of dead material in a grassland can have a dramatic effect on the fire danger. CFA has a network of volunteers across Victoria who, during the fire season make weekly observations about how dry the grasslands are in their area and provide CFA an overall picture of Victoria's grassfire risk.

Current Grassland Curing Map

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Historical Grassland Curing Maps

What's involved in becoming an observer:

Grassland curing information is critical for CFA to analyse grassfire risk. The observation network consists of over 150 volunteers, and CFA is seeking more observers across the state. All that is required is that you have the ability to spend 15 minutes each week, to observe and report on grassland curing state at your field site. A quick online, self-paced training course will provide you with all you need to take consistent and repeatable observations.

What you need to do:

  • Click the 'I want to become an observer button'. A member of the grassland curing team will send you a link to the online training course
  • Complete the course (it takes approximately 1 hour, self-paced)
  • Select a grassland curing site where you will take your observations and send in the details of the site to be added to the system.
  • Commence your weekly observations! It is that easy!

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Printing documents: Not all printers are the same. When making assessments by comparing grassland against reference photos, it is important to use a standard reference guide. To order the field card or field guide, please contact us with your name, address and phone number.

Phone: 9262 8646


Below are the Grassland Curing Training videos. They are available to anyone to view, but please note that you will be required to watch all the videos when completing the training.


  • Chief Officer Euan Ferguson explains how grass-related information is used to protect the community
  • Our thanks go out to everyone involved in grassland curing.

What's involved?

  • In this video, Anthony Watt explains how observations are collected every Sunday throughout the fire season
  • Want to be a grassland curing observer? Find out how it's done.

Visually measuring curing

  • In this video, Terry Hanley explains exactly what to look for in your grass
  • It is designed for use with the grassland curing field card, which you can order through

Visually measuring fuel loads

  • This video explains fuel loads in grass, and has a demonstration where high and low fuel loads are burned
  • Fuel loads are important as they can drop sharply in some areas, after grass dries out.

Data entry

  • There are two ways to enter data: online, or over the phone
  • Watch this video to find out how to collect and enter data perfectly every time.

Satellites: data from space

  • In this video, satellite expert Danielle Martin explains her work in the grassland curing project
  • We are combining field observations with satellite observations to producing a high quality map of grassland curing.


  • Contact for:
    • Information on the grassland curing network
    • Request a hard copy of the grassland curing guide, field card or the training DVDs
    • How to access and use the Grassland Curing Application.
  • Contact for:
    • Grassland Curing Map download errors
    • System errors.

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