For a number of years the department has been working with the Country Fire Service (CFS), Bushfire Management Committees and the community to identify areas at the greatest risk of bushfire across the state.
This has led to the development of Bushfire Management Area Plans which provide ratings of risk in each bushfire prone area and suggest activities to reduce this risk.
Within these areas the department and the CFS are now working with private landholders to help them reduce the bushfire risk that may exist on their land.
This new program on private lands is strategically linked with the public land burning program, in recognition of the fact that fire does not respect property boundaries.
This is a critical issue in areas such as the Mt Lofty Ranges where almost two thirds of the high fuel areas are privately owned, and often close to assets in peri-urban areas.
How to get involved
Private landholders can get involved in this new program in the following ways:
- If your land is identified as being high risk and is in a strategic location for community protection, you may be approached by DEW staff, your local council or a CFS Fire Prevention Officer to discuss options to reduce your bushfire risk.
- 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 DEW staff. From there you can find out whether your property has been identified as a risk and discuss options for the future management.