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What are fire management plans?

Fire management plans help guide fire management activities in national parks, in areas of high fire risk or community value 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 can help with weed control.

These plans are informed by the latest technology, evidence and science available.

Actions from the plans include using these tools:

  • mechanical fuel modification – rolling, lopping, chipping, crushing, piling and slashing vegetation to lessen risk
  • 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, access gates and signs.

How you can help

The vision for fire management plans is 10 years unless they’re required to be reviewed due to a major fire or change in management direction.

Before we begin, we gather views on fire management in the planning area from those with an interest in the site or topic. This early collaborative approach provides significant benefits with the community providing local knowledge and ensures a wide range of issues are considered, ultimately leading to improved fire management.

Once a plan is drafted it’s released for public consultation.

You’re encouraged to provide feedback on draft fire management plans as they come up for review. Please make sure you’re signed up to our Fire Side e-newsletter so we can let you know when consultation begins.