Prescribed burns in Yanchep pines

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Prescribed burns were carried out in pine plantations around Yanchep this week to manage fuel loads.

THE Department of Parks and Wildlife conducted prescribed burns in Yanchep on Friday, April 7 to manage bushfire risk and for nature conservation and forest management.

A department spokeswoman said prescribed burns were carried out at the Pinjar pine plantation, 14km east-south-east of Yanchep and the Yanchep pine plantation, 9km east of Two Rocks.

She said during prescribed burns motorists should take care, turn on their 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,’’ she said.

“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