Prescribed burn at Para Wirra Conservation Park

Date posted: 27 Oct. 2023

A prescribed burn is planned at Para Wirra Conservation Park, in the Mt Lofty Ranges, on Sunday 29 October 2023, weather conditions permitting.

  • The burn will start at 2pm and is likely to be completed by 10pm on Sunday 29 October.
  • The area to be burnt is 65.3 hectares within the northern section of the park, about 5km west of the township of Williamstown.
  • The burn aims to protect the landscape and reduce the risk of the whole park burning in a single bushfire event.
  • Smoke will remain in the area for some time, affecting Para Wirra Rd. Roads to the north of the burn site, including Green Gully Rd, Woodlands Rd, Allendale Rd and Goldfields Rd, may be affected by smoke throughout the burn.
  • Traffic restrictions will be in place on Para Wirra Rd with one lane closed for the duration of the burn. Short-term road closures may be put in place on Para Wirra Rd throughout the burn if smoke reduces visibility to unsafe levels.
  • Restrictions may be in place on walking tracks in the area for some periods during the burn, including Quarry Track, Bowden Track and Lady Pearce Circuit Trail.
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service crews will remain on site until safe.

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.