Bush burn suc­cess­ful

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

MORE than 75,000 hectares of pre­scribed burn­ing has been suc­cess­fully achieved as part of the Kens­ing­ton-based Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife’s sum­mer strat­egy.

Parks and Wildlife di­rec­tor of re­gional and fire man­age­ment ser­vices Pe­ter Dans said the pre­scribed burns on land from the Perth Hills area down to Al­bany helped pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties from bush­fires.

“Prescibed burn­ing is an es­sen­tial tool in re­duc­ing fuel loads and min­imis­ing the threat of bush­fires through­out the State’s for­est re­gions,” he said.

“Au­tumn and spring are the ideal sea­sons to con­duct pre­scribed burns, and last fi­na­cial year the depart­ment was able to achieve its best pre­scribed burn­ing out­come in five years within the south­west for­est re­gions.”

The State Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated $20 mil­lion to the de­part- ment over four years and Mr Dans said it had pro­vided the pro­gram with greater ca­pac­ity and flex­i­bil­ity to do pre­scribed burns on suit­able days.

The depart­ment up­dates its web­site ev­ery morn­ing with pre­scribed burn plans each day with de­tails on where, size and the rea­sons for the burn.

More info at www.dpaw.wa .gov.au/to­days­burns

Pic­ture: Jen­nifer Eliot/Parks and Wildlife

Pre­scribed burn­ing be­ing con­ducted in the Perth Hills.

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