Partners map all rangelands fires
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.