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