Millstream fire management reviewed at workshop

A Fire Planning and Review Workshop for Pilbara’s Millstream National Park took place to assess the success of prescribed burning and review ongoing management actions.

One of the prescribed mosaic burn fire scars at Millstream viewed during the workshop. (©Owen Donovan)

One of the prescribed mosaic burn fire scars at Millstream viewed during the workshop. (©Owen Donovan)

Held from 22-24 June and supported by the Pilbara Corridors Project, the workshop saw attendees from Department of Parks and Wildlife Pilbara Regional Management team, Millstream National Park Rangers, and Murray Mitchell Senior Fire Operations Officer DPaW.

Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Ian Cotton said it was constructive and thought provoking workshop.

“During the meeting, prescribed burns and fire scars across the park were viewed, and there were discussions about tenure blind burning, traditional owner fire involvement, integration of weed treatment into burns program, risk mitigation and funding,” Mr Cotton said.

Rain changed the planned prescribed burn program for the workshop with two burns carried out in locations where the fuel had not been affected.

Mr Cotton said the meeting was also an opportunity for celebrating the success of the prescribed burns to date this season and to see the well-coordinated and delivered program, thanks to the dedicated hard work of Pedro Palheiro, Fire Officer at Millstream and Owen Donovan, the Pilbara Regional Fire Coordinator.

According to Mr Donovan, to date they have burnt 52,412 hectares in the park at the prescribed rate of greater than 20 per cent of a block treated, and 74 Km of edging along public roads, rail lines, power lines and pipelines.

“It is vital to minimise the extent of large-scale bushfires and associated impacts on fauna and flora communities on the Fortescue River Catchment and adjacent areas,” Mr Cotton said.

“We need to reduce the frequency and extent of anthropogenic late dry bushfires and increase the mosaic of different vegetation ages.”

The workshop was a precursor for the Fire Management and Ecology workshop to be held 15-19 August, in the Pilbara.