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Fire management at Bowra
Historically, fire in the Bowra area of the Mulga Lands has been infrequent (in the order of 50 years return time) due to removal of fuel by introduced grazing on a landscape scale. Wildfires can occur in the year following good rainfall or flooding as vigorous ground cover dries off.
This pattern of fire suppression and infrequent intense (and therefore destructive) wildfire homogenises habitats, reducing the extent of old growth vegetation, and leading to the establishment of dense regrowth with low habitat value. For example, mature Cypress tolerates low intensity fire but is killed by intense fire.
The principal objective of fire management at Bowra is to reintroduce more frequent, patchy and low intensity fires, encouraging the creation of a diversity of vegetation types and successional stages within those types.
The drought conditions often encountered at Bowra limit the opportunity for more frequent burning.