Prescribed burns on Kangaroo Island south and east coasts

WESTERN RIVER: A National Parks coordinated prescribed burn at Western River on Kangaroo Island several years ago. File photo
WESTERN RIVER: A National Parks coordinated prescribed burn at Western River on Kangaroo Island several years ago. File photo

Two prescribed burns are planned for either end of Kangaroo Island today, Tuesday, October 12, weather permitting.

The burns will take place at Seal Bay, covering 23 hectares, and also near Cape Willoughby, covering 6 hectares.

A prescribed burn is planned for adjacent to Dead Man Track and Howard Track within Lesueur Conservation Park, on the eastern side of Cape Hard Road and 15 km southwest of Penneshaw and 5km southwest of Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.

The prescribed burn will commence at 11am and is expected to be complete by 12:30 pm.

It will affect about 6 hectares within the park.

The objective of the burn is to create a low fuel break to assist with future burning operations in Lesueur Conservation Park.

Lesueur Conservation Park will be closed, including all internal tracks and trails. Light smoke may affect Cape Hart Road, and some residual smoke may be seen from Willson River Road and Cape Willoughby Road.

A second prescribed burn is planned today for Range Track in Seal Bay Conservation Park, south of the South Coast Road, approximately 2.8 km east of the Little Sahara and 7km north-west of Seal Bay Visitor Centre.

The prescribed burn will start at 11 am and is expected to be complete by 8pm.

It will affect about 23.3 hectares within the park.

The objective of the burn is to reduce fuels along a rolled break directly adjacent to Range Track fire access track to improve fire access, safety for firefighters and aid suppression activities in bushfire response.

Public access will be restricted to the area.

Some smoke and fire activity from both burns may be observed on the day and following the burn and will be patrolled until it is safe.

The burns will be carried out by NPWS. Local CFS Volunteers have been invited to attend. A crew will remain on site until it is safe to leave.

NPWS conducts a statewide program of prescribed burns to reduce the spread and intensity of bushfires, protect communities and enhance biodiversity. Prescribed burning is just one tool used to reduce fuel loads across strategic areas of public and private land.

Prescribed burns will only be carried out when it is deemed safe to do so and may be cancelled at short notice if conditions change.

For the most up-to-date information on prescribed burns follow @SAENVIRWATER on Twitter.

A list of planned prescribed burns is available on the DEW website.

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