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Fire management at Scotia
AWC’s fire management at Scotia has the following core objectives:
- Protecting human life and assets including infrastructure and the feral-proof fence;
- maintaining long-unburnt (old-growth) mallee; and
- creating refuge areas for animals through the implementation of “cool” prescribed burns across the landscape.
Wildfires in the mallee can be very extensive, will burn intensely and are difficult to contain, especially in high temperatures and strong winds. The highest risk periods are typically in the years following above average rainfall.
AWC carries out ground-based prescribed burning during the cooler months (July – September). Our overall aim is for <10% of the property to be burnt in any 10 year period. Areas inside the feral-free area are burnt to provide refuge (areas with lower fuel) if a wildfire does occur.