Prescribed burn at Barossa Reservoir Reserve

Date posted: 04 May 2021

A prescribed burn is planned for the northern area of the Barossa Reservoir Reserve, south of the Barossa Reservoir, approximately 3km west of Williamstown in the greater Barossa region, on Wednesday 5 May and Thursday 6 May 2021, weather conditions permitting.

  • Edge burning is planned for Wednesday 5th May 2021 and is likely to commence at 11:30 am. Core ignition is planned for Thursday 6th May 2021.
  • It will affect about 101.7 hectares within the park.
  • The objective of the burn is to reduce the fuel within the Barossa Reservoir and reduce the likelihood of bushfires impacting communities surrounding the reservoirs including Williamstown and Cockatoo Valley.
  • There will be no road closures however speed may be reduced on local roads if smoke reduces visibility for short periods.
  • Para Wirra Road may be impacted by smoke.
  • Some smoke and fire activity may be observed on the day and following the burn and will be patrolled until it is safe.

The burn will be carried out by the National Parks and Wildlife Service as part of the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Co-operative prescribed burn program. 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.