Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires

Bushfires burn on a hillside at night next to a body of water.Bushfires near the WA town of Albany have sparked a blame game between farmers and authorities with many questioning why prescribed burns were conducted, despite an unfavourable weather forecast and multiple warnings that conditions were about to change.

Both private landowners and the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) had been carrying out burns in the region in recent weeks, trying to make the most of the mild autumn weather to reduce fuel loads.

Thursday’s strong winds caused many of those fires to escape, with more than 50 reportedly burning simultaneously.

As fires raged around them, some farmers took to social media to criticise DPAW, describing its prescribed burn in the Stirling Ranges as an “absolute disgrace” and accusing the department of not learning from previous mistakes.

via Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)