Wildfire Risk Assessment and Management Planning

The Uplands Management Group was commissioned by Defra to produce guidance documents for practitioners to carry out wildfire risk assessment and management planning. The documents were published July 2019.


The Heather and Grass Burning Regulations 2021, introduced the requirement for a licence to be obtained to carry out and burning on deep peat, and a Wildfire Management Plan (WMP) is required to support the application.  A special WMP has been developed for this purpose and as part of this process, the original documents have been reviewed and revised in some places.

The risk assessment process is outlined in Table 1, and includes a choice of Wildfire Management Plans that depends on the purpose for which the Plan is required.












Table 1: Risk Assessment Process



The documents that provide more information are available on the next page