Prescribed burn at Middle River Reservoir Reserve

Date posted: 05 October 2017

A prescribed burn is planned at Middle River Reservoir Reserve on Kangaroo Island for Friday, 6 October, weather conditions permitting.
  • The prescribed burn will start at 12pm and should be complete by around 6pm on Saturday, 7 October.
  • It will affect about 66ha in the north-western section of the reserve, north of Johncock Road, about 20km north-west of Parndana.
  • A significant smoke column will be produced during this burn. This is normal for burns of this size.
  • Smoke is likely to affect Johncock and Coopers roads. Signage will be in place to warn motorists.
The burn will be carried out by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) on behalf of SA Water.
 
The primary objective of this burn is to reduce fuels in the area to prevent the spread of bushfire, and also to protect water quality in the reservoir. It is part of a state-wide program of prescribed burning in high-risk public land areas.
 
Creating strategically-located, fuel-reduced areas through prescribed burning is essential in helping to reduce the potential spread and impact of bushfires on communities and the environment by providing earlier containment options for firefighters.
 
Prescribed burns will only be carried out when it is deemed safe to do so and may be cancelled at short notice. Fire crews will remain on site until safe to leave.
 
A list of the week’s planned burns is available on the DEWNR website.
 
For the most up-to-date information on prescribed burns, please follow @SADEWNR on Twitter.

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