THE BURNING ISSUE
10 quick facts about Prescribed Burning in Western Australia
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Prescribed burning in the southwest of WA is the largest burning program for any of the threatened 36 Global Biodversity Hotspots. On every sunny, fine week from Autumn to Summer, up to 600 sq km of globally unique ecosystems are repeatedly and severely burnt. Aerial incendiaries are often used burn up to 160 sq km in an afternoon.
While we are told that this program is best practice and saves lives, there is a wealth of information that clearly says otherwise (Fire and Biodiversity Forum, Margaret River 2021).
Read the Ten Facts below to judge for yourself if using this forestry practice across all of our natural areas is ‘right way’ burning. These Facts are all summaries of the latest peer-reviewed science and publically available information. Click on each fact for the detailed supporting data.