JST455 Wildfire Investigation (8)

JST455 Wildfire Investigation provides a foundational background and encourages a deeper appreciation for the importance of capturing critical information relevant to wildfire investigation. Students will be equipped with an overview of the issues surrounding wildfire investigation, including the initial establishment of wildfire cause and origin, and scene preservation specific to wildfire. The subject will also provide an overview of wildfire arson and the need to engage with key stakeholders. The issue of forest sustainability will also be discussed in relation to the role of fire in local ecology, and the practice of regularly reducing fuel load to prevent wildfires destroying forests and related areas.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST455. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe the common causes of wildfire
  • be familiar with the processes of wildfire ignition identification
  • be able to explain the need to preserve a wildfire scene and the elements needed to preserve it
  • be able to identify evidence relevant to a formal wildfire investigation
  • be able to articulate the need to engage key stakeholders from relevant agencies to address deliberately lit wildfires
  • be able to distinguish the elements of wildfire arson and recognise a deliberately lit wildfire
  • be able to articulate a variety of perspectives relating issues of forest sustainability, weather patterns and the role of fire in vegetation


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Fire effects on native plants and animals
  • Wildfire suppression
  • Commonly recognised wildfire causes
  • Preservation of a wildfire scene
  • Wildfire cause and origin determination
  • Wildfire arson
  • Wildfire inquiries
  • Fire behavious and fire weather
  • Fuel arrays and their management


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.