Three prescribed burns covering approximately 400 hectares in Mount Brown Conservation Park and Mount Remarkable National Park were successfully completed in the Southern Flinders Ranges earlier this month.
The burns were conducted by Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources staff from the Northern and Yorke Region and Adelaide as part of a state-wide programme carried out in spring and autumn when conditions are favourable.
DEWNR fire operations officer Jacob Beinke said strategically placed burns help reduce the chance of fire spreading in large areas of native vegetation and minimise the impact of bushfires on communities.
“Burns that have been carried out in the Spring Creek area, west of the Mt Remarkable Range, will help protect the township of Melrose in the event of a large fire,” Mr Beinke said.
“Prescribed burning also provides a valuable training opportunity for local firefighters who work in the steep and dangerous terrain of the Southern Flinders every fire season.”
About 30 firefighters attended and monitored the fires with assistance from SA Water, Forestry SA and local volunteers from Wilmington CFS.
DEWNR fire management officer Ken Anderson said environmental factors are taken into account before burns are carried out and often fire boundaries are moved if there are any environmental issues.
“While a prescribed burning in these hills is very challenging and has risks, we believe that a proactive approach to fire management is best in the long term,” Mr Anderson said.
The prescribed burning programme has been undertaken across government land in the Southern Flinders Ranges during the last 10 years. More burns are planned for next spring and autumn.