NPWS happy with prescribed burns at Vivonne Bay, Middle River

NPWS rangers oversee last last week's prescribed burn at Vivonne Bay. Photo: NPWS
NPWS rangers oversee last last week's prescribed burn at Vivonne Bay. Photo: NPWS

The National Parks and Wildlife Service and local CFS volunteers last week successfully completed the first prescribed burns on private land at Middle River and Vivonne Bay Lodge on Kangaroo Island.

These prescribed burns were a part of a statewide program of planned burning to protect at-risk communities and assets.

Regional Fire Management Officer Anne McLean said she is pleased with the outcome of the prescribed burns.

"As we all know, fires don't discriminate between private and public land," Ms McLean said.

"It was very satisfying to be able to partner up with SA Water and SeaLink to create strategic fuel breaks to help minimise the impact of future bushfires.

"Although conducting prescribed burns may seem simple, they must be carefully planned and take into account many different factors.

"We take into account the strategic location of the area, ground moisture content at the site, topography, Bureau Of Meteorology -assisted weather forecasts, risks to the community and assets... the list goes on.

"They can only be carried out when it is deemed safe to do so and we sometimes have to cancel at short notice for everyone's safety."

Burn pattern of a yakka or grass tree during last week's prescribed burn at Vivonne Bay. Photo: NPWS

Burn pattern of a yakka or grass tree during last week's prescribed burn at Vivonne Bay. Photo: NPWS

In total, 7.8 hectares were burned at Vivonne Bay Lodge and 15.2 hectares of SA Water land at Middle River.

Vivonne Bay Lodge manager Elijah Whale said the burn on the SeaLink land was well-managed.

"Communication with the fire crew was smooth, and great care was taken to make sure the burn didn't impact the day to day running of the lodge," he said.

"On the days preceding the burn, there were crews monitoring the area and giving me regular updates.

I hope the burn will provide some much needed protection to the Vivonne Bay township and look forward to working with DEW over the coming years."

These are the first in a series of prescribed burns planned for Kangaroo Island this season.

To understand more about why prescribed burns are conducted and to view a comprehensive list of planned burns, you can visit the Fire Management page on the Department for Environment and Water website.

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) meanwhile is planning two Bushfire Preparedness Workshops held on Kangaroo Island:

  1. At the "The Shed" at American River on Saturday, November 9 from 9am to 5pm in conjunction with American River CFS Brigade.
  2. At the "Parndana Sports Club" at Parndana on Sunday, November 10 from 9am to 5pm in conjunction with Parndana CFS Brigade.

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