Burns to continue
ABOUT 216,000 ha of bush has been cleared by prescribed burns since July 1 last year, the second year in a row the State Government has exceeded its target of 200,000 hectares.
That marks the first time in 21 years the target has been exceeded two years running.
Despite reaching that mark, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said there were no plans to stop, even though Perth has recently been blanketed with smoke haze.
“The department will continue to undertake as much prescribed burning as it can in the coming weeks, weather permitting and when safe to do so, as part of its shared responsibility in keeping communities safe," Mr Dawson said.
Since July 1, 2017, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service has started 127 burns on land that it manages.