Part­ners map all range­lands fires

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Mul­ti­ple part­ners have come to­gether to en­able the ex­ten­sion of a fire his­tory map across the en­tire range­lands of WA.

Through a cross-sec­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion ini­tia­tive driven by Range­lands NRM, five part­ners have co-funded the ex­ten­sion of the cur­rent North Aus­tralian and Range­lands Fire In­for­ma­tion web­site map viewer.

Part­ners in­clude Kanyirn­inpa Jukur­rpa, Roy Hill min­ing, Great Vic­to­ria Desert Bio­di­ver­sity Trust, the Pil­bara Cor­ri­dors Project and the Aus­tralian Govern­ment.

The WA range­lands ex­pe­ri­ence prob­lem­atic fire regimes, with overly big and in­tense wild­fires.

In addition to pos­ing a threat to life and prop­erty, such fire regimes neg­a­tively im­pact bio­di­ver­sity, pas­toral pro­duc­tion, cul­tural her­itage and tourism.

Range­lands NRM in­no­va­tion de­vel­op­ment man­ager Quin­ton Clasen said the Range­lands Com­mu­nity Fire Fo­rums iden­ti­fied the need to ex­tend ac­tive fire map­ping and hotspots be­yond the Kim­ber­ley re­gion in or­der to pro­vide sev­eral years of map­ping.

“Now users will be able to view the sea­son­al­ity of fires in re­cent years, which will en­able bet­ter fire man­age­ment de­ci­sions and plan­ning across the range­lands,” he said.

KJ fire of­fi­cer Gareth Catt said Martu peo­ple had man­aged coun­try through care­fully ap­plied fire.

“We are happy to help fund this ex­ten­sion of NAFI be­cause it is a prac­ti­cal tool for us and other or­gan­i­sa­tions who don’t cur­rently have ac­cess to rel­e­vant fire his­tory in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Roy Hill en­vi­ron­ment and ap­provals manger Su­sanna Beech said the project would help plan emer­gency re­sponses and pro­vide an early warn­ing mech­a­nism.

Ad­vances in land­scape fire man­age­ment have been achieved in se­lected WA range­lands land­scapes over the past decade.

Mr Clasen said these ini­tia­tives had demon­strated the worth of a co-or­di­nated ap­proach to fire over ap­prox­i­mately 10 mil­lion hectares.

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