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Media Release

Prescribed burning to help protect Kimberley communities
Thursday 16 April 2020 – 9:00 AM

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 communities.

“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 said.

“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.

A/Superintendent Hall encouraged Kimberley residents to keep up to date with controlled aerial burns in their area.

“Prescribed burning will be taking place over the coming weeks so visit emergency.wa.gov.au to stay informed,” he said.

The 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.

For more information, contact the DFES Kimberley Regional Office on (08) 9158 3200.


Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9395 9543. 


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