Fire management

Fire management on Kangaroo Island (KI) aims to protect life, property and the environment through a range of activities, including:

  • landscape scale fire management planning
  • on-ground works to manage bushfire risk, such as:
  • prescribed burning in strategic locations to protect life, property and environmental assets
  • maintenance of fire access tracks and fire infrastructure (such as water supplies and signage)
  • other fuel reduction works, such as slashing and weed management
  • maintaining fire related vehicles, equipment and machinery
  • maintaining a highly trained and experienced brigade of the Country Fire Service (CFS)
  • capability to respond to wildfires occurring on or threatening Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources KI managed lands, or at the request of CFS on any tenure.

Prescribed burns

Prescribed burning is undertaken in strategic locations identified in fire management plans, and includes burns for built asset, landscape and environmental protection.

The fire management program also supports ecological burns conducted as part of the Eastern Plains Fire Trial.

Fire Management Maps is an interactive online mapping site that supports fire management planning by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Fire management plans relevant to the region are available for download.

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

Bushfire safety

Bushfires can occur without warning and can quickly impact your holiday location. If you are planning a holiday, you need to think about bushfire safety. Please visit the South Australian Country Fire Service website for information about bushfires.

On days of high bushfire risk, areas of KI may be closed for your safety. Check for park closures that may affect you.

Fire restrictions

Restrictions on gas and wood fires apply in most reserves on KI during the fire danger season. Check for any fire bans and closures that may affect you.


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