South Australia has an ideal climate for softwood plantations, and many are located in the Lower South East and Adelaide Hills districts where the weather is mild with good rainfall. A technical definition of a plantation is an artificially regenerated area, established by planting or by direct seeding. Pine trees make up the bulk of these plantations with Hardwood plantations of Blue Gum now beginning to become more common.
The plantations are maintained by commercial interests, and have their own fire management practices and equipment to protect their assets. The firefighters who work within these plantations work under the same guidelines as the CFS, and will work closely with CFS brigades during a fire incident.