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Prescribed burn at Mount Remarkable National Park

News release
18 May 2016

A prescribed burn is planned in Mount Remarkable National Park in the Southern Flinders Ranges for Wednesday, 18 May 2016, weather conditions permitting.

  •  The prescribed burn will start at 12pm and should be complete by 6pm on Friday, 20 May.
  •  It will affect about 233ha at Spring Creek, 8km north-east of Melrose.
  •  A significant smoke column will be produced during this burn and smoke may be visible in the area for some days. This is normal for burns of this size.
  •  Mount Remarkable Range Track will be closed during the burn.

The burn will be carried out by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) on behalf of the Southern Flinders Ranges Fire Cooperative.

The primary objective of this burn is to reduce fuels in the area to prevent the spread of bushfire. It is part of a state-wide program of prescribed burning in high-risk public land areas this autumn.

Creating strategically-located, fuel-reduced areas through prescribed burning is essential in helping to reduce the potential spread and impact of bushfires on communities and the environment by providing earlier containment options for firefighters.

A list of the week’s planned burns is available on the DEWNR website, at www.environment.sa.gov.au/firemanagement/Burns_and_bushfires

Prescribed burns will only be carried out when it is deemed safe to do so and may be cancelled at short notice. Fire crews will remain on site until safe to leave.

For the most up-to-date information on prescribed burns, please follow @SADEWNR on Twitter.

More information

Senior Media Adviser

84637437

georgia.gowing@sa.gov.au