A carefully managed prescribed burns
program has started in the Kimberley to reduce the risk and severity of
bushfires this dry season.
Designed to lessen fuel loads on pastoral
stations, road reserves and other high risk areas, the burns take place every
year between April and July with the aid of a helicopter.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services
(DFES) personnel assist pastoralists in establishing a fire management plan for
Kimberley Superintendent Grant Pipe said
despite a very dry wet season, fuel loads were still significant and posed a
fire danger for local communities.
“The strategic burns will assist with
the upcoming bushfire season,” Superintendent Pipe said. “Last season was a
very busy fire season, and we are mindful that vegetation and other fuel loads
are still abundant.
“Our aerial burns are critical
and are designed to create low fuel areas that will decrease the
potential for large bushfires to develop across the landscape. Ultimately, the prescribed
burns will help us to protect the community and assets such as property,
livestock, wildlife and native vegetation.”
Pipe said motorists travelling throughout the Kimberley should drive with
caution through smoke affected areas. “If
you are impacted by smoke, pull over, turn your hazard lights on and wait until
the smoke clears,” he said. “If you have a health condition that is exacerbated
by smoke, seek medical advice on precautions to take.
burning program is undertaken in partnership with the Kimberley Land Council,
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Broome’s Traditional
Owners, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, the WA Pastoralist and Grazers
Association and Main Roads WA.
more information, contact the DFES Kimberley Regional Office on (08) 9158 3200.
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