Fire management plans help guide fire management activities in high fire risk areas across South Australia.
They set strategic priorities about where, how, and why we need to burn to reduce the risk of bushfire and to manage the environment e.g. the ecological process of fire is critical to helping many native plants and animal habitats to regenerate, and it also helps with weed control.
Actions from the plans include using these tools:
- mechanical fuel modification – rolling, lopping, chipping, crushing, piling and slashing vegetation to lessen risk
- chemical fuel treatment – targeting problem weed species
- prescribed burns – using the right kind of fire in the right place, at the right time and applied in the right way, to reduce fuel in an environmentally sensitive way
- constructing and maintaining tracks and trails for firefighters and visitors in parks to use
- constructing and maintaining fire management infrastructure including water supply points, aircraft landing areas, access gates and signs.
Adopted fire management plans apply for up to 10 years unless they are required to be reviewed due to a major fire, a change in policy, objectives or management direction, or on-ground works.
These documents and tools help support the fire management plans listed below:
NEW fire management plan for Kangaroo Island
The Reserves of the Dudley Peninsula Fire Management Plan 2020 was adopted in June 2020.
It will guide fire management activities for the next 10 years, focusing on life, property, cultural and environmental values and assets.
The sites covered by this plan include the Baudin, Cape Willoughby, Dudley, Lashmar, Lesueur, Pelican Lagoon, and Simpson conservation parks along with selected Crown lands and some privately held Heritage Agreements.
The plan sets strategic priorities about where, how and why we need to burn to reduce the risk of bushfire and manage the environment. This includes reintroducing fire regimes that much of the flora and fauna depend on, protecting critical habitat for a number of key species, and minimising the bushfire risk to cropping, livestock grazing and tourism.
On-ground works recommended by the plan include prescribed burning, and improving fire management infrastructure such as fire access tracks and water access points at strategic locations.
Potential environmental impacts have been considered and appropriate fire regimes identified for environmental assets, including threatened species and plant communities of national significance.
The department appreciates that the KI community experienced significant traumatic bushfire events last summer and will ensure that the Dudley Peninsula community is well aware of any major fire management works, including prescribed burning, before these activities occur.
In addition, fire management activities this winter will focus solely on fire access and infrastructure maintenance and improvements such as; access tracks, water points, signage and fencing.
If you wish to discuss the plan, please contact the Fire Planning team.
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Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges
Northern and Yorke
SA Arid Lands
SA Murray Darling Basin