DPaW conducts prescribed (or controlled) burns in State Forest areas and National Parks to lower fuel loads and help reduce the severity and size of bushfires.In the southwest of the State, including the Perth region, the burns occur in spring and autumn. The decision to carry out a prescribed burn is made on the day and is dependent on suitable weather conditions, so there is minimal advance warning that a burn will commence.
To avoid being unwittingly caught in the midst of a DPaW burn WalkGPS recommends the following when planning to head off for a bushwalk in spring or autumn:
1. At least a day or two before your intended walk: Visit DPaW’s prescribed burns updates online to check the maps for:
– Active burns which are already in progress in the walk area; and
– Indicative Burn Plans showing all possible burn areas for the season. (Some areas on the map will still remain to be burned, while others may already have been burned recently, which could also leave an intended walk area temporarily very sooty and uninviting! )
3. On the morning of your intended walk: Before heading off, check that no burns are “planned for lighting today” in your walk area.
4. If unsure on the status of a planned burn: Contact the relevant DPaW district office.
5. Download the EmergencyAUS app. for smartphones: This is very useful for monitoring prescribed burns and wildfires. It handily captures DPaW Alerts (for National Parks) and other emergency listings in the one spot and also gives the distance from your current location to any events.