Fire management at Paruna

Fire management at Paruna

Fire management at Paruna is complicated by topography, limitations on access, the threat of ignition from neighbouring properties and proximity to peri-urban areas. 

AWC’s fire management activities at Paruna include the following:

  • Annual prescribed burns to protect built infrastructure and to create a reasonable mosaic of different age-since-fire vegetation across the sanctuary.  This pattern of burning will help ensure that, if a wildfire occurs, the entire sanctuary is not burnt (unburnt areas will operate as a refuge for native animals).
  • Maintenance of strategic fire breaks across the sanctuary.

Ground-based burning typically occurs in autumn/winter, often involving the local rural fire service. 

In 2014, prescribed fires involved 28 kilometres of ground-based ignitions.