Prescribed burn-offs planned at Ngarkat Conservation Park during autumn 2018

Careful: The Department of Environment and Water is planning four burn-offs at Ngarkat Conservation Park during autumn. Photo: Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin.
Careful: The Department of Environment and Water is planning four burn-offs at Ngarkat Conservation Park during autumn. Photo: Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin.

The newly renamed Department of Environment and Water will conduct its first prescribed burn-off of vegetation at Ngarkat Conservation Park on Thursday afternoon, if weather permits.

Three hundred hectares are scheduled to be burnt in the centre of the park between 12 and 5pm, between Jimmy’s Well Track and Bann Hill Track; and another 1126ha on Friday afternoon on the Pertendi block near the park’s northern boundary.

Two other burns will also be carried out during the autumn.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin fire management officer Andrew Sheath said the proactive approach helped prevent large bushfires.

“Reducing fuel hazards is important as it can make bushfires easier to control, help prevent a bushfire spreading to residential areas, and ultimately save lives and property,” he said.

He said they also protected habitat for threatened birds such as the Mallee emu-wren and flowers which sustained the state’s bee population.

Note: An earlier version of this story had a less precise description of the locations and areas to be burnt.

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