Right Way Fire

UUNGUU

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. 

Find out more about our fire program in our healthy country plan or read some of these online articles:

https://ensia.com/features/indigenous-knowledge-wildfires-australia/

Aerial burning wulo (rainforest) at Ngauwudu (Mitchell Plateau)

Ground burning at Mitchell Airstrip

Fire Season
(April – June)
Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation advises that prescribed burning will commence from 14 April and continue to 30th June 2020.

Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation is responsible for exclusive possession lands in the WW Uunguu Native Title Determination as shown by the areas shaded grey on the attached map. It includes areas formerly identified as unallocated crown land, the northern parts of the Mitchell R National Park, Lawley R National Park, Camp Creek Conservation Park and part of the Laterite Conservation Park as well as Aboriginal Reserves.
 
Our ‘Right Way Fire’ program aims to reduce the impact of late dry season wildfires on cultural sites, biodiversity and infrastructure. Burning will be done through a combination of ground burning (along road and track networks) and aerial burning from a helicopter and plane. WGAC also undertakes some joint fire activities with the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions.
 
Care will be taken to ensure that fire does not cross cadastral boundaries or threaten infrastructure and assets. If you are a landowner we would encourage you to comply with the Bush Fires Act 1954 and install firebreaks. The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley and Department of Fire & Emergency Services can provide advice on this.
 

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.

Be fire aware and stay informed: https://www.firenorth.org.au/nafi3/
 
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