14 August, 2021
Community Connect: Planned burns to reduce the risk of wildfires
CASSOWARY Coast Regional Council will be undertaking a series of planned burns as part of the annual hazard reduction/ conservation management program for parks and forests.
These works begun in mid July 2021 with a small prescribed burn in the Attie Creek area and will take up to three months to complete, weather and site conditions permitting. Areas targeted for planned burns are located between Cardwell and Cowley Beach.
Councillor and Environment portfolio holder Jeff Baines said annual operation of cool burns are the recommended form of wildfire prevention.
“Planned burning is an important tool used by Australian fire authorities and land managers to reduce the impact of wildfires on human safety, land use and environmental values,” he said.
“The aim of this project is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas.
“This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.
“Council is proud to work with local Traditional Owner Ranger Groups and I thank them for their assistance and support.”
Notifications will be issued to residents and businesses in close proximity to targeted reserves, prior to works commencing in their immediate area.
Residents are encouraged to observe signage during this period and prepare their own property for the coming fire season.
For more information, please contact Council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1300 763 903.