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Spring prescribed burning in Perth’s northern suburbs

Prescribed burning in pine plantations north of Perth
Prescribed burning in pine plantations north of Perth Leigh Sage, Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has begun its spring prescribed burn program in the northern suburbs and surrounding areas including Joondalup and Wanneroo.

Parks and Wildlife district manager Craig Olejnik said favourable weather conditions this week have allowed prescribed burns that have been months in the planning to go ahead.

“The spring burning program will build on the successful 5,000 hectares of fuel reduction burning completed in Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations over winter,” Mr Olejnik said.

Prescribed burns within banksia woodlands are planned for Neerabup National Park, Yanchep National Park and State forest north of Perth that will combine landscape-scale burns and smaller burns near communities, to deliver effective protection from bushfire.

“The department will look to take every opportunity to safely conduct prescribed burning throughout the spring,” Mr Olejnik said.

“Residents in the area are likely to see smoke and Parks and Wildlife firefighters working at these burns.”

Mr Olejnik advised motorists to turn on headlights and travel at appropriate speeds if travelling in areas affected by smoke and to be aware of the crews and machinery that will be in operation at prescribed burns.

People with conditions exacerbated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice for these circumstances. 

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