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Prescribed burns

Prescribed burning is the planned use of fire to a particular area of landscape. The aim is to reduce fine fuel hazards, manage native vegetation and protect biodiversity in strategic areas of South Australia's parks and reserves.

Take a look at this map to find prescribed burns near you.

Reducing fuel hazards is important - it can make bushfires easier to control, help prevent a bushfire spreading to residential areas, and ultimately save lives and property.

Prescribed burning is also used for ecological reasons, such as:

  • protecting and maintaining animal habitats (some native animal species prefer regenerating vegetation after fire; others like long unburnt habitat - prescribed burns manage the landscape so that there is a mix of habitats for all species)
  • regenerating plant species and communities that are reliant on fire (many native plants rely on fire for regeneration, and as a result many plants grow quickly after fire from seed germination or re-sprouting buds from under their bark or roots)
  • improving biodiversity within parks and reserves. 

Prescribed burns are often conducted jointly with the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS). 

In the Mount Lofty Ranges the prescribed burning program is coordinated by the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Cooperative, which includes representative from CFS, SA Water, DEW and ForestrySA.

Find out more detail about the last six years of the NPWS Prescribed Burn Program figures, challenges and regional information.


Please contact the CFS for current bushfire information or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

To report an emergency dial 000.

Fire and asthma

Smoke from fire can be a major trigger for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. It’s important to be prepared and know how to respond when you are exposed to bushfire smoke. Call an Asthma Educator on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) to discuss how to stay well during bushfire and prescribed burning seasons.

For more information visit Asthma Australia.

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