The Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) conducts prescribed burns as part of its fire management program. 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:
Many prescribed burns are conducted jointly with the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS). DEWNR also partners with SA Water and ForestrySA to carry out prescribed burns in the Mount Lofty Ranges.