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Winter prescribed burning in the Perth Hills

Parks and Wildlife staff carrying out a prescribed burn in the Perth Hills area
Parks and Wildlife staff carrying out a prescribed burn in the Perth Hills area Michael Pasotti, Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising people around the Perth Hills and particularly Kalamunda about potential smoke in the area as the winter prescribed burning program gets underway.

Parks and Wildlife district fire coordinator Michael Pasotti said residents could expect to see small scale strategic burning on land on the urban fringes, including Kalamunda, Lesmurdie, Gooseberry Hill, Forrestfield, Carmel, Canning Mills, Pickering Brook, Bickley, Piesse Brook, Hacketts Gully and Paulls Valley.

“These smaller burns are being undertaken as opportunities arise throughout the winter to provide additional protection to properties located on the urban interface,” Mr Pasotti said.

“They will complement the department’s usual broader scale burns carried out in the autumn and spring seasons to assist in reducing the impact of large scale bushfires.

“All prescribed burns are carefully planned and mapped out to protect communities.

“While there may be short-term inconveniences such as smoke and road closures, these burns will greatly reduce bushfire risk.

“We would also ask motorists to be patient and mindful of our fire staff undertaking these prescribed burning activities, particularly those working on roadsides.”

To find out more about the location of prescribed burns, visit or call the Perth Hills District office on 9290 6100. Information on daily burning activities will also be posted on the Parks and Wildlife Facebook page and Twitter account.

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 department’s fire management and prescribed burning activities visit

Media contact: Parks and Wildlife Media 9219 9999




Last modified on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:34