The Kangaroo Island Bushfire Management Committee, which Kangaroo Island Council is a part of, is currently seeking funds to update this plan. Until such time the 2009-2014 plan will remain in situ.
The plan has been approved by the partner agencies - SA Country Fire Service, Department for Environment and Heritage, SA Water, and Kangaroo Island Council - and the Native Vegetation Council.
The works identified in the plan include:
In addition to annual compliance inspections, hazard reduction includes a programme of hazard reduction burns for life and asset protection and to support containment of fires in strategic locations. These burns will be carried out by land management agencies and CFS brigades, and will occur on both private and public land.
The purpose of these burns is to assist the containment of landscape scale fires under Forest Fire Danger Indexes (FFDIs) of up to Very High fire weather conditions.
A number of mechanically cleared asset protection zones are also designated in various parts of the island. These are designed to provide a safer working environment for fire crews to undertake back burning during incidents.
The plan utilises the recent changes (September 2009) to the native vegetation regulations that allow private landholders to undertake appropriate levels of vegetation clearance to protect built assets.
The table below provides a summary of exemptions and allowed clearance by application to the CFS under these regulations.
|Reason?||What can be done?||Is approval needed?|
|To protect a building||You can reduce, modify or remove native vegetation within 20m of a building (including overhanging limbs). Significant trees may be protected under Development Act 1993. Contact your local Council for further information.||No|
|You can modify or remove native vegetation further than 20m from a building to reduce fuel loads.||Yes|
|To protect a structure||You can reduce, modify or remove native vegetation within 5m of a structure (including overhanging limbs). Significant trees may be protected under Development Act 1993. Contact your local Council for further information.||No|
|You can modify or remove native vegetation further than 5m from a structure to reduce fuel loads.||Yes|
|To reduce fuel strategically||Fuel loads can be strategically reduced or modified on any private or public land.||Yes|
|To construct a fuel break||You can remove vegetation to construct a fuel break up to 5m wide.||No|
|In some regions you can remove native vegetation to construct a fuel break up to 7.5m wide (see Appendix 2 for a list of regions).||No|
|On a property used for primary production, you can remove native vegetation to construct a fuel break up to 20m wide.||Yes|
|You can remove native vegetation to construct fuel breaks greater than 20m wide.||Yes|
|To construct fire access tracks||You can remove native vegetation to construct fire access tracks that are consistent with the standards detailed in Appendix 3.||Yes|
Further information can be found at: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/community_information/prepare_act_survive/native_vegetation_management.jsp
Clearance can be undertaken by mechanical means or by low intensity burning. This is the sort of burning that may be undertaken to clean out leaf litter under trees near built assets during cooler conditions, such as in mid-late autumn. Providing they are managed in accordance with a few simple rules, these burns have a lower chance of escaping the area being burnt, and are therefore considered lower risk.
Check the table above for exempt works and those works for which you need to seek approval from the CFS.
Under the new native vegetation regulations, burning larger areas of native vegetation for hazard reduction or ecological management purposes can be undertaken on private land. However, these burns will generally be moderate or high intensity burns. This means that they are 'hotter' burns with significant flame heights, and the risk of these burns escaping the target area is greater.
Because they are higher risk, and the environmental implications of these burns over larger areas also need to be considered, they require an approved agency burn plan and the attendance of a fire agency - the local CFS brigade, and/or other land management agencies with fire fighting capability such as DEH.
For Kangaroo Island, local CFS brigades have identified burns in their area which are considered a priority for fire management over the next 5 years (2009-2014) as part of developing the KIBFRMP. These burns have been included in the KIBFRMP and will be completed ahead of any private landholder requests for assistance with burns on private land.
This means that landholders may approach their local brigade and seek assistance to undertake prescribed burning on their land, but the response will depend upon the capacity of the brigade - remember these people are volunteers! - to take on the extra works in addition to those they have already committed to in the KIBFRMP.
The maps show the following information:
Not all treatments for an asset are shown on the maps (eg. community education strategies, fire access tracks). Some are just described in text-refer to the treatment table on the maps and the Treatment Register for further details.
Important points to note:
Preparedness strategies include: