Right Way Fire
Right Way Fire
Fire is one of the most important things we use to look after and keep our country healthy. Fire helps bush foods like fruits and yams grow and it makes new grass for animals to eat. If we burn at the wrong time it is no good, as some animals can’t escape. Many plants that are special to our country rely on fire to grow again or cannot survive if there are too many hot fires.
Fire is medicine for our country and medicine for our people. Fire is also a signal that can tell us what is happening in our country. Fire has a spiritual importance in our culture. We use it in smoking ceremonies when visiting Wanjina and Wunggurr places and for spiritual cleansing during other ceremonies.
Malgarra (wildfires) are a worry as they happen in the Yuwala (hot season), burn lots of country and can damage our culture places and other parts of our Uunguu like plants and animals.
Fire is both a target and an operation as outlined in our Healthy Country Plan.
WGACs Right Way Fire operations involve planning, use of traditional and modern ground and aerial burning techniques in the cooler early dry season, focusing on creating mosaics of patch fires and connecting breaks in older fuel loads.
Uunguu Rangers and Traditional Owners team together to undertake cool burns in each graa (a family groups part of country), as well as teach younger generations how to burn “right-way” and to connect with their ancestors’ cultural (rock art) and camping places while walking country.
Read more about WGAC’s RIGHT WAY FIRE operations and fire management improvements HERE.
WGAC is a member of the Indigenous Fire Carbon Industry Network (ICIN).
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Find out more about our fire program in our healthy country plan or read some of these online articles:
Aerial burning wulo (rainforest) at Ngauwudu (Mitchell Plateau)
Ground burning at Mitchell Airstrip
(April – June)
Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation advises that prescribed burning will commence from 14 April and continue to 30th June 2020.
Our team will be operating from remote bases and minimising interactions with the public. The Port Warrender Rd will remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.