Prescribed burns in Perth a success: Department

Prescribed burning being conducted in the Perth Hills.        Picture: Jennifer Eliot/Parks and Wildlife
Prescribed burning being conducted in the Perth Hills.        Picture: Jennifer Eliot/Parks and Wildlife

MORE than 75,000 hectares of prescribed burning has been successfully achieved as part of the Kensington-based Department of Parks and Wild-life’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 south-west forest regions.”

The State Government allocated $20 million to the department 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