Fire management

Fire Management

Fire is a part of much of the desert, particularly the spinifex dominated sandplains in the north and west of the project area. The deserts are currently subjected to an ‘altered’ fire regime, one that has shifted as people have become absent from much of the environment.

Traditionally people walked the landscape and carefully ‘put in’ fire into the country as they moved, creating an intricate patchwork or mosaic of different fire ages and vegetation types. This patterning still exists in parts of the landscape close to some Indigenous communities, who still have a strong drive to hunt, gather and care for country as they have done for millennia. The project is working to combine traditional ‘right way fire’ practice with contemporary techniques to restore diversity in the landscape and reduce the impact of broad scale, lightening driven fires.

Regional fire management strategy

A regional fire management strategy will form the basis for building capacity across the desert by targeting regional activities such as training, on-ground fire operations and developing a pool of contract staff for Indigenous land management organisations to access on an as needs basis.

The strategy aims to:

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"In traditional times there were no borders like now – no states and territories; no native title borders and different groups drawing lines. This project removes those borders so that we can work together to keep country and people healthy. It is an ambitious project that we are keen to do." Nyaparu Rose, Nyangumarta Warrarn Elder
10 Deserts Project steering committee member
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