Four Eyre Peninsula burns in autumn

BURN: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources firefighter Tim Werfel on the eastern boundary track of Mungerowie during the burn on Monday.

BURN: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources firefighter Tim Werfel on the eastern boundary track of Mungerowie during the burn on Monday.

Good autumn conditions have helped the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources carry out four prescribed burns.

The department conducted a prescribed burn at Mungerowie Scrub on Monday following one at Munyaroo Conservation Park last week and two March burns in Kellidie Conservation Park and Hincks Wilderness Protection Area.

Eyre Peninsula fire management officer Joe Tilley said the burn at Mungerowie Scrub was affected by weather but did set up a future burn.

“Weather conditions meant the main burn was unable to be completed however crews worked hard to complete 3.2 kilometres of edging burn adjacent the eastern boundary track,” he said.

“This will make it much easier to burn under better conditions next year.”

Weather dictates whether a burn can take place and it can be called off if the conditions are too cool.

Mr Tilley said last spring was wetter than average offering fewer opportunities for burning but unusual rain events across central and northern Eyre Peninsula helped create good autumn conditions.

“Autumn conditions were suitable earlier than normal but from early April on the weather was too cool and calm for large scale burning to be successful,” he said.

He said overall the completed burns had “extremely good results”.

“The Hincks landscape buffer is one of the best prescribed burns the program has achieved,” he said.

“This created a fuel-reduced area that will assist with fire management for the next 10 years.

“It’s important that the prescribed burn program continues in order to establish a number of fuel-reduced areas around Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay to reduce the spread and impact of a bushfire.”

Mr Tilley said Mungarowie Scrub would be a priority for the next season.

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