Fire Occurrence in Otway Catchments
Research by Sinclair Knight Merz(2000) found major fires are a naturally infrequent event in the wet forests that occupy water catchments in the Otways.
5.2 Fire History in the Otways
" In general the forests have a low to medium level of fire activity punctuated by large fires that occur under severe fire weather conditions (Harrison and Wouters, 1995)."
Source: SKM page 73
"Although infrequent severe wildfires have been a feature of the Otway forests, the present fire management plans and strategies are professional, thorough and appropriate."
Source: SKM, Page 74