Prescribed burn at Lesueur Conservation Park

Date posted: 22 Apr. 2022

A prescribed burn is planned for the southern side of Dead Man Track and on the eastern side of Howard Track within Lesueur Conservation Park, on the eastern side of Cape Hard Road and 15km South-East of Penneshaw and 5km South-West of Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, on Kangaroo Island, on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 April 2022, weather conditions permitting.

  • The burn will commence at 12pm Sunday 24 April and is expected to be complete by 6pm Monday 25 April.
  • It will affect about 104.4 hectares within the park.
  • The objective of the burn is to create low fuel areas to reduce the likelihood of fire spreading into or out of the reserve.
  • Dead Man track and Howard Track within Lesueur Conservation Park will be closed.
  • A significant smoke column is to be expected during the burn, this is normal for fires in Coastal Mallee and smoke may be visible over the following days.
  • Cape Hart Road may be affected by smoke.
  • Residual smoke may be seen from Willson River Road and Cape Willoughby Road.
  • Some smoke and fire activity may be observed on the day and following the burn which will be patrolled until it is safe.

The burn will be carried out by NPWS. Local CFS Volunteers have been 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.