National Parks and Wildlife Service SA’s Burning on Private Land program strategically reduces fuel in high-risk areas, identified in collaboration with private landholders, the SA Country Fire Service, local government and bushfire management committees in each region across the state.
Reducing bushfire risk is an ongoing and shared responsibility and everyone has a role.
Where an area of high bushfire risk is identified, fuel reduction techniques, including prescribed burning, are used to reduce the amount of fuel available for bushfires, to manage native vegetation and to protect biodiversity across strategic areas of South Australia.
Reducing fuel is important as it can reduce the speed and intensity of bushfires which makes them easier to control, provides a safer environment for firefighters, and ultimately saves lives and property.
As fire doesn’t respect property boundaries, fuel reduction programs must also work beyond them. This is critical in areas such as the Mt Lofty Ranges where almost two thirds of high fuel areas are privately owned, and often close to assets in peri-urban areas.
How areas are identified
High bushfire risk locations across the landscape are identified in regional Bushfire Management Area Plans developed by local bushfire management committees across the state. These plans assess bushfire risk and determine the most appropriate strategies to reduce the risk.
The CFS and NPWSSA look at the best ways to manage fuels within and surrounding these high-risk locations, using a skilled team of fire specialists.
How you can be involved
Private landholders can receive assistance through this program in the following ways:
If your land is in a high-risk area, and is in a strategic location, you may be approached by NPWSSA staff to discuss options to reduce your bushfire risk to help protect the community. Priority is given to highly populated areas.
If you own land that you think may pose a bushfire risk to the wider community and you are not able to manage the fuel yourself you can contact NPWSSA staff. They will let you know whether your property has been identified as a risk and discuss options to manage it.
Find out more in these frequently asked questions.