Bushfire on the Swan Coastal Plain
Bushfire on the Swan Coastal Plain.
Photo © Carolyn Thomson-Dans/Parks and Wildlife 

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is responsible for managing fire in forests, parks, nature reserves and other lands that it manages by:

  • managing fuel loads through prescribed burning and other means
  • responding to bushfires
  • undertaking research into fire behaviour and effects.

Fire has been present in the Western Australian landscape for millions of years – since long before the arrival of humans – and it has influenced the evolution of plants and animals.

The department has considerable knowledge of the relationship between fire and the environment, which is underpinned by scientific research. This understanding allows the department to apply fire under prescribed conditions to help maintain the state’s biodiversity and to protect life, property and community values from the damaging impacts of bushfires.

Parks and Wildlife's fire management practices are internationally recognised and highly regarded.

“…Western Australia is the only state that has maintained the expertise to conduct efficient and precise prescribed burning in both dry and wet forests.”

Phil Cheney, Former Head of CSIRO Bushfire Research

Education

The department provides nature-based activities for school students in and around the Perth area, including Fire Biology – a force of life and Fire Geography – a natural hazard for years 10 to 12. For more information about these and other programs visit Nearer to Nature.

Related fire management documents

Related external links

  • Bushfire CRC logo

    Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

    The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre is conducting research into the social, environmental and economic impacts of bushfires.
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  • AFAC logo

    AFAC

    The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) is the industry body for fire, land management and emergency service organisations in Australia and New Zealand.
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  • DFES Bushfires logo

    DFES - Bushfire

    Bushfires happen every summer, they can start suddenly and without warning. People have been killed or seriously injured, and homes destroyed during bushfires. If you live in or near bush, fire is a real risk to you and your family.
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  • CSIRO logo

    CSIRO

    CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
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  • DFES Logo

    DFES

    As Western Australia's leading hazard management agency, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) performs a critical role coordinating emergency services for a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents threatening life and property.
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