Fire management

Prescribed burns

To view a list of upcoming prescribed burns in South Australia please visit DEWNR's fire management prescribed burns page.

Fire safety

As with visiting any natural environment, your safety is an absolute priority. Before embarking on any wilderness activities, be sure to check for any park closures or fire bans and closures  that may affect you.

Fire management strategy

Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resource Management (AW NRM) Board have developed the 2014 Fire Management Strategy to help plan how fire management activities will be carried out across the AW NRM region. It does not replace or direct cultural fire management activities undertaken by Anangu on Anangu lands, whether carried out by traditional or contemporary means.

Anangu have applied fire regimes for thousands of years across the region, which significantly reduces the destructive impacts of wildfire by reducing fuel loads and breaking up fuel continuity across the greater landscape.

The board’s strategy provides Anangu with a framework to develop fire management plans and/or annual work programs, in partnership (ngapartji ngapartji) with supporting agencies. It also aims to prevent traditional fire management knowledge currently held by senior Anangu being lost forever, if efforts are not made to record and transfer this knowledge to younger generations and future managers of country.

On reserves managed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), standard DEWNR fire management policy and procedures will be applied where appropriate and according to existing reserve management plans.

On Aboriginal owned land, the Aboriginal owners have the final say about the management of their country, and are supported to implement their plans by relevant land management agencies. It is important that all agencies work together to build trust, share resources and information, and provide the best possible support to Anangu.

On country that is to be jointly managed, it is vital that the process of joint management (Tjungaringu) reinforces Nguraritja (Aboriginal traditional owners) as the custodians and interpreters of their own culture, and advocates for their own social and economic interests.