Biggest autumn burn-off begins at Belair

Biggest autumn burn-off begins at Belair

04 April 2013

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Australia — South Australia’s largest autumn controlled burn-off program has begun in Belair National Park.

The Environment Department wants to reduce the fuel load at 87 of the state’s parks and reserves by June.

More than 11,000 hectares of vegetation will be burnt.

The department will spend $5 million on a fuel reduction program, including new fire ignition equipment and more personnel.

Chief executive Allan Holmes says a rise in the number of significant bushfires interstate is partly behind the decision to burn more this autumn.

“There is no doubt that the inquiries and Royal Commissions into the significant fires in south-eastern Australia have put pressure on this department to increase fuel reduction burning,” he said.

“We’re going into a period of warmer temperatures and drier conditions. Anything that you can do to help minimise the impact of fires is important to do.”

The department says new appliances including nine water tankers and five water carriers will be bought over the next four years at a cost of $23 million.

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