In late March – April 2020 a 9 hectare prescribed burn is planned on the west side of Marion Bay between Lowan Dr and Willyama Drive (see below map). The actual scheduled day is subject to appropriate weather conditions. The scheduled burn will be advertised on local radio and via the DEW prescribed burn notifications page.
Following concerns raised by residents, The Yorke Peninsula Council, in conjunction with the Country Fire Service (CFS) and Department for Environment and Water (DEW), initiated a public consultation for the burn in August 2019.
The purpose of this burn is to create a fuel reduced area to limit the spread and impact of bushfire toward Marion Bay from the west. Fuel loads in the area are currently very high to extreme and the consequence of a bushfire would be devastating.
Easterly weather conditions will be chosen to manage the fire away from houses and limit the impact of smoke. This fire will produce a significant amount of smoke, this is normal for burns in thick coastal heath vegetation. Smoke may be visible from within the burn ground for a few days afterwards. The burn will be conducted by DEW and CFS crews. Considerable resources will be involved in conducting the burn with DEW crews patrolling the burn until it is declared safe.
On the day of the burn please remember to:
- Remove any washing from your clothesline.
- Ensure that all doors and windows remain closed for the duration of the burn.
- Take adequate precautions to ensure the wellbeing of any members of your household with a medical condition aggravated by smoke (e.g. Asthma).
Ash from the fire ground may be an issue for nearby properties during windy conditions until it rains. It may be prudent to disconnect your down pipes until the first few millimetres of rain has fallen to avoid any impact on water supplies.
Please remember that this burn assists to limit the future impact of bushfire, however it is your responsibility to protect your property and family appropriately. For more information on fire safety and fire prevention please visit the CFS website.
For further information on DEW prescribed burn planning and operations click here.