DEWNR plans prescribed burns at Ettrick, Ngarkat in spring 2017

Photo: File.

Photo: File.

Three Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources prescribed burns will be carried out in the Murraylands and Mallee this spring.

At Ettrick, 115 hectares will be burnt to reduce the amount of available fuel.

Two burns will be conducted at Ngarkat National Park for the same purpose: 433ha on the western side of Ashby’s block and 299 on the eastern side.

Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton said burns helped reduce bushfires’ impact and make them easier to contain.

”Our emergency services staff and volunteers play a vital role in keeping the community safe, but I can’t emphasise enough that bushfire safety is a shared responsibility,” he said.

“All South Australians should be aware of the risks, but particularly those living in regional and urban fringe areas: you must be bushfire ready.

“Now is the time to prepare for the summer ahead, by cleaning up your property and ensuring you have a bushfire survival plan in place.”

DEWNR will conduct 49 burns, totallying 2688 hectares, this spring.

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