Prescribed burns are part of the department’s fire management program. Prescribed burning is the controlled use of fire to a particular area of landscape. The aim is to reduce fire fuel hazards, manage native vegetation and protected biodiversity in strategic areas of South Australia's parks and reserves.
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:
- the protection and maintenance of animal habitats (some species of native animals prefer regenerating vegetation after fire while others like long unburnt habitat. Prescribed burning manages the landscape so that there are a mix of habitats to conserve all species)
- the regeneration of plant species and communities that are reliant on fire (Many native plants are reliant on fire for regeneration, and as a result many plants grow quickly after fire from either seed germination or re-sprouting buds from under their bark or roots)
- improved biodiversity within parks and reserves.
Download the Prescribed Burning brochure.
Prescribed burns are often conducted jointly with the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS).
The delivery of the prescribed burning program in the Mount Lofty Ranges is coordinated by the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Cooperative, which includes representative from CFS, SA Water, DEW and ForestrySA.
Please refer to the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) for current bushfire information or call the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.
To report an emergency dial 000.
Fire and asthma
Asthma Foundation SA's sole purpose is to support the 1 in 10 Australians living with asthma. Fire smoke 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 please refer to the Asthma and bushfire smoke fact sheet or visit the Asthma Foundation SA website.