State Government land management agencies including the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Forestry SA and SA Water conduct prescribed burns as part of their fire management programs. Prescribed burning is the controlled application of fire to a particular area of landscape. The aim is to strategically reduce fire fuel hazards in areas of South Australia's parks and reserves.
Reducing fuel hazards is important - it can make bushfires easier to control, help prevent a bushfire spreading to residential areas, and ultimately save lives and property.
Prescribed burning is also used for ecological reasons, such as:
- the protection and maintenance of animal habitats
- regeneration of plant species and communities that are reliant on fire
- improved biodiversity within parks and reserves.
Many prescribed burns are conducted jointly with the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) volunteer brigades.
- See DEWNRs Burns and Bushfires page to find out about burn planning.
Listed on the prescribed burns table are planned burns being conducted by the SA Country Fire Service, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Forestry SA and SA Water. Local Council and residential burns are not allocated to the Prescribed Burn list.