As part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s risk management approach, all burns are constantly monitored. Burns are classified each day and those determined to be active (see definition below) are scrutinised through the day to ensure the risk of escape is as low as reasonably possible.

Active prescribed burns

Parks and Wildlife carries out prescribed burns on land it manages. Burns also occur on private property or other land. For information contact your local authority.

Active burns are prescribed burns that have not been certified as completed. In the rangelands, the presence of hot spots detected by satellite surveillance over two consecutive days, means a burn is classified as active. In all other lands, a burn if still classified as active if there has been less than 30mm of rain (total) in the five days since the last ignition or that in the prior three days running fire has been observed or smoke has been reported within at least 100m of the burn boundary or within any area of unburnt fuel greater than 5ha that is within 500m of the burn.

Local fire restrictions may still be in place and must be adhered to, even if Parks and Wildlife is carrying out prescribed burns on public land. Visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for more information.