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Pilbara prescribed burns underway

Prescribed burning by the rail line in Millstream Chichester NP
Prescribed burning by the rail line in Millstream Chichester NP Rachael Marshall

Prescribed burning in the Pilbara has begun with a joint operation in Millstream Chichester National Park designed to protect infrastructure and a neighbouring private property.

Department of Parks and Wildlife regional fire coordinator Owen Donovan said the prescribed burn on 16 June created 30km of buffers along rail lines, roads and power lines within the park.

“Parks and Wildlife worked with Rio Tinto Iron Ore (Rail Division) staff and the Ngurrawaana rangers on this burn and it was very successful,” Mr Donovan said.

“The prescribed burning created a low fuel area which linked into some previous fire scars.

“There were good fire runs through the creek systems under mild weather conditions, which will reduce this summer’s fire risk for the rail corridor and park users.

“The assistance of Rio Tinto staff was greatly appreciated and provided an opportunity for the Ngurrawaana rangers to experience prescribed burning on their lands.

“This will hopefully lead into further training and burning opportunities for the Ngurrawaana rangers in seasons to come.”

Mr Donovan said Parks and Wildlife has plans for more prescribed burns in the Pilbara region.

“There are several burns scheduled for Millstream Chichester National Park to protect park infrastructure and the wetland system, and another in the Cane River Conservation Park/Mount Minnie area near Onslow,” he said.

“We are also looking at a joint management burn with the Martu traditional owners in and around Karlamilyi National Park in the western desert.”

The main aim of prescribed burning is to manage fuel loads effectively to help minimise the impact of bushfires.

To find out more about the department’s fire management and prescribed burning activities visit dpaw.wa.gov.au/management/fire

 

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