The Department of Parks and Wildlife is today conducting prescribed burns near the Augusta Margaret River region for nature conservation and to manage bushfire risk.
There will be prescribed burns at the following locations;
Margaret Pine Plantation, 3km north-north-east of Margaret River
Folly Pine Plantation, 3km east-south-east of Nannup
Motorists should take care, turn on headlights and carefully follow traffic management signs when driving through areas affected by smoke.
People with conditions exacerbated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice for these circumstances.
Prescribed burns create low-fuel areas in a mosaic of burnt and unburnt patches across the landscape, which help stem the spread of bushfires.
Prescribed burning is the primary tool available to Parks and Wildlife to manage fuel loads, which helps protect the community by minimising the impact of bushfires.
Videos highlighting the extensive planning that goes into the department’s prescribed burning program can be viewed by visiting www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/prescribedburning
Details of burns are available on Parks and Wildlife’s website at www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/todaysburns