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Burn protects Windjana Gorge National Park

Burning at Windjana Gorge National Park
Burning at Windjana Gorge National Park DPaW

Parks and Wildlife staff have completed an important prescribed burn at Windjana Gorge National Park, just prior to the peak dry season visitor period.

Broome-based Parks and Wildlife regional fire coordinator Ed Hatherley said the prescribed burn had reduced flammable grasses that had accumulated throughout the national park and broader Kimberley over the wet season.

“This type of strategic burning will help provide protection for the park’s significant natural values and infrastructure,” Mr Hatherley said.

“Burning the savanna grass in strategic locations such as at Windjana will help stem the spread of potentially damaging bushfires later in the year and play an important role in protecting visitors to the national park.”

Windjana Gorge, with its spectacular 100m walls and the Lennard River running through it, is an iconic Kimberley destination for campers and day visitors and is located 140km from Derby.

“Windjana Gorge National Park receives 25,000 to 30,000 visits each year and is due to re-open to the public on 19 April, so we are very pleased mild conditions have allowed the department to successfully carry out this prescribed burn.”

Mild conditions for the burn have also helped protect important nesting hollows and food sources for native birds, including double-barred finches and zebra finches.

“We have been able to achieve this by ensuring the fire intensity was mild and the burn patchy,” Mr Hatherley said.

Mr Hatherley said early dry season burning was underway throughout the entire Kimberley region.

Prescribed burning is the primary tool available to Parks and Wildlife to control the build-up of flammable fuel to mitigate the severity of bushfires.

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

 

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