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16/17 season

Significant rain througout the state has resulted in the start of DEWNR's prescribed burn program being pushed back until the vegetation cures and dries.  for the 2016/17 season. has begun. 

For a list of the prescribed burns to be undertaken this season click here.

Private Lands Burning Project

Public land agencies within South Australia (Dept for Environment, Water & Natural Resources, ForestrySA and SA Water) undertake a significant annual prescribed burning program across public land to reduce the impact of bushfire on the community and biodiversity.

In the high risk area of the Adelaide Hills, approximately two thirds of high fuel areas are privately owned. Much of this is adjacent to peri urban areas. Confining fuel reduction prescribed burning to public land is restricting the strategic effectiveness of community bushfire protection at a landscape scale.

This year the South Australian State Government invested $16.2 million over four years in fuel reduction programs to continue to reduce bushfire risk to South Australians.

With the support of this funding and the outcomes from the Burning on Private Lands Pilot Project, CFS and DEWNR are working with the 9 Bushfire Management Committees to identify areas of high bushfire risk and will work with communities to identify what is important and what mitigation strategies will be implemented.
Over the next 4 years, CFS and DEWNR will be engaging with South Australian communities.

To find out how you can get involved or to find out more information send an e-mail to

Fungi and Fire

In June 2015 Fire Management staff attended a day out with fungi experts Pam and David Catcheside to better understand the role fungi have in relation to fire and land recovery.

Did you know that fungi, comprise one of the five kingdoms of living organisms? They play an incredibly important part in our natural world by recycling organic material and improving soil health, which in turn helps our plants and vegetation thrive. 

People usually associate fungi with wet forests, however they are also found after a bushfire. When a fire occurs plants and fungi can be destroyed temporarily. However fungi, like many other plants and animals are adapted to cope with the scorching heat of a bushfire and, in many cases, actually need fire to be able to fruit and reproduce.

So how do these amazing fungi that rely on fire survive? They go underground! Some fungi grow into the soil and produce a large underground compacted hardened body that allows them to survive extreme environmental threats. Going underground allows them to survive even the hottest fires and within days after the fire has past, the mushroom-like bodies begin to emerge.

A team from the department recently went to the Sampson Flat bushfire site to check out what fungi was coming back 6 months on. The team found a number of species that survived the heat of the fire and were re-established. This included a common fungi that you may have seen, the poisonous Vermillion Grissette (Amanita xanthocephala) that has an orange, red, yellow coloured cap (pictured). 

Next time you are visiting a park, have a look around at the fungi you see, it may be one that has adapted to fire!

New Alert SA app

The Alert SA App brings you the functionality of the CFS Fire app in terms of bushfire warnings, as well as the additional value of knowing where trees are down, power is out, roads are closed and more.

The Mobile App collects and displays data from (but not limited to) the following sources:

•             South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS)
•             South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS)
•             South Australian State Emergency Service (SES)
•             SA Police
•             SA Health
•             Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)
•             Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)
•             Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure (DPTI)
•             Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)
•             Bureau of Meteorology (The Bureau)
•             Environment Protection Authority
•             SA Power Networks
•             SA Water
•             Department for Community and Social Inclusion – State Recovery

The latest update to the app has improved functionality and enables you to select which hazards you want to be notified about. Accounts between the desktop platform and mobile devices can also be synced seamlessly.

To download the app, visit

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