Prescribed burn at D'Estrees Bay

Date posted: 18 Apr. 2021

A prescribed burn is planned for the D’Estrees Bay on Kangaroo Island, on Monday 19 April 2021, weather conditions permitting.

  • The prescribed burn will start at 10 am and should be complete by 6:30pm.
  • The activity involves two separate burns: D'Estrees Block North and Southern Block D’Estrees Bay.
  • It will affect a total of 118ha within the park.
  • The burn is bounded by D'Estrees Bay Road to the east.
  • The closest residents will be those in the D'Estrees Bay Settlement along Osmanli Road and D'Estrees Bay Road to the east of the park.
  • The objective of the burn to maintain the Bushfire Buffer Zone within Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park, along D'Estrees Bay Road to maintain a reduced fuel load to reduce bushfire risk within and adjacent the reserve.
  • There is the potential for visibility to be reduced at times along D'Estrees Bay Road and to impact on dwellings along D'Estrees Bay Road and Osmanli Road.
  • KI Council will be on site and manage traffic along D'Estrees Bay Road. Road Closure will not be in effect, however traffic will be managed if smoke impacts road visibility.
  • Some smoke and fire activity may be observed following the burn and will be patrolled until it is safe.

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

NPWS 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.