Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson
Spring Prescribed Burning Underway
Victor P Taffa
- Prescribed burning targeting national parks and State forest across the South-West
- Mitigation program protects lives and property from summer bushfires
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is using favourable spring conditions to undertake prescribed burning in areas surrounding Perth and across the South-West.
Prescribed burning is highly dependent on suitable weather conditions, fuel moisture and a range of other factors to be undertaken safely.
“McGowan Government is protecting the Western Australian community from the damaging impacts of bushfires using a collaborative approach between government agencies, local government authorities and industry.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.
“Our shared objective is to deliver the best possible community safety and biodiversity outcomes and I thank the community for their patience and understanding during this time.”
A mix of larger burns in forest areas and smaller burns, closer to communities and townsites, during spring significantly reduces the threat and severity of bushfires and helps protect lives, infrastructure and biodiversity.
In April, the McGowan Government committed $22 Million to the Enhanced Prescribed Burning Program for the next 4 years, which is in addition to the department’s annual prescribed burning budget allocation of $11 Million for the State’s South-West.
Research shows that prescribed burning is effective in reducing the frequency and size of bushfires in the forests of South-West Western Australia when at least 45 % of the landscape has a fuel age of less than 6 years since last burnt.