THE parks and wildlife service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has been carrying out prescribed burns in Yanchep and Two Rocks during the past week.
Between Tuesday, April 10 and Friday, April 13 the department said the parks and wildlife service had conducted prescribed burns in an area 14km east-south-east of Yanchep and another area 9km east of Two Rocks.
In a statement the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) said when prescribed burns were being conducted 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,’’ the statement 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.
“It is the primary tool available to the department to manage fuel loads, which helps protect the community by minimising the impact of bushfires.
“Prescribed burning may be conducted by multiple government agencies and private landowners as part of our shared responsibility for keeping communities safe.”