Prescribed burning to help protect Kimberley communities
Controlled aerial burns have started in
the Kimberley to try to reduce the effects of large-scale fires during the
region’s dry season.
The burns will be carried out with the
aid of a helicopter on pastoral stations, road reserves and other high-risk
areas from now until July.
Department of Fire and Emergency
Services (DFES) Kimberley Acting Superintendent Glenn Hall said fuel loads had
grown significantly over the past few months and posed a danger for local
“The associated rainfall from ex-Tropical
Cyclone Esther and other systems throughout the wet season has resulted in a
high fuel load, and increased risk across the Kimberley,” A/Superintendent Hall
“DFES works closely with Traditional Owners
and pastoralists to develop bespoke fire management plans to mitigate bushfire
risks. We’re all working together to try to lessen the probability and severity
of bushfires, and ultimately their effects on the region.
“The aerial burning program allows us to
create buffers that will assist in reducing the impact of large bushfires
during the high-threat period.”
The aerial-controlled burning program
has been modified to limit potential COVID-19 exposure to stakeholders,
volunteers and DFES personnel.
Hall encouraged Kimberley residents to keep up to date with controlled aerial
burns in their area.
burning will be taking place over the coming weeks so visit emergency.wa.gov.au
to stay informed,” he said.
burning program is undertaken in partnership with the Kimberley Land Council, Traditional
Owners, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Parks and
Wildlife Service, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, the WA Pastoralist and
Graziers Association and Main Roads WA.
more information, contact the DFES Kimberley Regional Office on (08) 9158 3200.
Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9395 9543.