Prescribed burn at Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park

Date posted: 19 Mar. 2021

A prescribed burn is planned for Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park and Cape Gantheaume Wilderness Protection Area, directly south of Murrays Lagoon and Saegers Road in the MacGillivray area, Kangaroo Island, on Sunday 21 March 2021, weather conditions permitting.

  • The prescribed burn will start at 12 noon and should be complete by 6pm.
  • It will affect 1035 hectares within the park and wilderness protection area.
  • This is a landscape protection burn to reduce the fuel hazard in order to interrupt the spread and impact of bushfire through the area for the next 5 years.
  • Some smoke may be present in the area for several weeks following the burn but it will be actively patrolled by Department for Environment and Water fire crews until declared safe.

The burn will be carried out by the Department for Environment and Water with local CFS volunteers invited to attend. A crew will remain on site until it is safe to leave.

NPWSSA conducts a statewide program of prescribed burns to reduce the spread and intensity of bushfires, protect communities and enhance biodiversity. Prescribed burning is just one tool used to reduce fuel loads across strategic areas of public and private land.

Prescribed burns will only be carried out when it is deemed safe to do so and may be cancelled at short notice if conditions change.

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A list of planned prescribed burns is available on the DEW website.