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Learn how bushfire risk will be managed at Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta

Find out about the interim fire management zones for Adelaide’s newest national park.

With the weather heating up and Fire Danger Season now upon us, you may be wondering how bushfire risk will be managed at Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta in the future.

While it’s important for everyone to have a Bushfire Survival Plan, prepare their properties well, and have a plan in place for total fire ban days, National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia (NPWSSA) is responsible for managing fire risk in national parks across the state.

The NPWSSA Fire Management Team has identified interim fire management zones for the national park to ensure bushfire risk is managed during the implementation phase of the master plan.

This information was recently presented at a session for local residents run in conjunction with Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs.

The community information session covered:

  • an overview of the interim fire management zones for Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta
  • the role of prescribed burning, slashing and other fuel reduction techniques
  • how NPWSSA works with the Metropolitan Fire Service in firefighting efforts.

Fire management zones are informed by a risk assessment conducted by the NPWSSA Fire Management Team and set in accordance with the South Australian Country Fire Service zone standards. They help define requirements for fuel or conservation management.

Zones with fuel management objectives have specific functions: to reduce bushfire risk to life and property, to provide a buffer from bushfires, or to provide strategic suppression opportunities. At Glenthorne, the preliminary zoning has been identified to protect the safety of the community.

A variety of fire management tools will be used to meet the fuel objectives of each zone. Prescribed burning is just one tool – using the right kind of fire in the right place, at the right time and applied in the right way, to reduce fuel in an environmentally-sensitive way.

Other tools used to lessen bushfire fuel and consequently bushfire risk are modifying vegetation through lopping, chipping, crushing, piling and slashing, and targeting problem woody weeds which contribute significantly to the overall fuel hazard.

Download a copy of the presentation.

If you have any questions about the interim plan, contact National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia’s Fire Management Team.

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