Prescribed burn season on KI to begin within four weeks

PRESCRIBED BURN: An aerial shot of the large prescribed burn undertaken at Gosselands on the western end of Kangaroo Island in April by DEW.

PRESCRIBED BURN: An aerial shot of the large prescribed burn undertaken at Gosselands on the western end of Kangaroo Island in April by DEW.

The prescribed burn season on Kangaroo Island is set to begin any day within next four weeks when conditions are right.

The Department for Environment and Water will be conducting burns on SA Water land at Middle River and on private property at Vivonne Bay, weather permitting.

Road restrictions may be in place during times of prescribed burning so keep a look out and follow any signage in the area.

Natural Resources KI says "within the next few weeks" could be anywhere between today and October 18,

We can't give a specific date as the planning is carefully carried out considering many factors such as ground moisture content at the site location, BOM-assisted weather forecasts, availability of personnel and many others," a spokesperson said.

"We appreciate that conditions 'seem' to be good at the moment but there are many factors at play."

A DEW fire appliance on the West End Highway at Gosselands on Kangaroo Island.

A DEW fire appliance on the West End Highway at Gosselands on Kangaroo Island.

The last successful DEW prescribed burn at Gosselands on western KI in April 2019 was deemed a success with 150 hectares covered.

KI was singled as facing a higher than normal bushfire risk for 2019/20 according to the outlook developed by Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the National Council for Fire & Emergency Services or AFAC.

The outlook states there is a combination of drier than average, and wetter than average conditions, depending on the vegetation type, across the Island.

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