Committed to bushfire prevention, preparedness and response
ForestrySA works in cooperation with South Australia’s Country Fire Service (CFS), Victoria’s Country Fire Authority (CFA), other forest managers, neighbouring landholders and other stakeholders to manage the threat and response to bushfire.
Many strategies are in place to protect plantation lands under our management. These include:
- Ensuring all forest firebreaks and fire access tracks on plantation land managed by ForestrySA are established and maintained in accordance with South Australian Government Agencies Fire Liaison Committee (GAFLC) standards.
- Trained CFS firefighting personnel.
- A fleet of modern fire tankers, state-of-the-art G-Wagen Quick Response Vehicles, bulk water carriers and other fire equipment maintained and strategically stationed across its forest estate.
A registered CFS brigade
ForestrySA is a registered CFS brigade both in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Green Triangle regions.
During the fire danger season, we boost our firefighting personnel with seasonal crew members trained in forest firefighting.
ForestrySA’s seasonal crew performs general forest maintenance duties, including firebreak clearing, fencing and also undertakes weekly fire training.
Our crews respond to fires within designated response zones and perform stand-by on high fire danger days, backed by a fleet of specialised fire appliances designed specifically for forest firefighting.
Fuel reduction burning
ForestrySA maintains an annual prescribed burning program across its forest reserves.
It forms an important part of our commitment to bushfire prevention. Fuel reduction burning removes under-storey fuel loads, assisting in asset protection and species diversity.
Information on planned prescribed burn operations can be found on the South Australian Country Fire Service website.
For more information regarding upcoming and recently completed prescribed burns, visit the Government of South Australia Department for Environment and Water website.
For information about ForestrySA’s current burns, scroll down to the announcements section of the ForestrySA homepage.
Become a seasonal fire crew member
ForestrySA recruits seasonal crew members to its Mount Lofty Ranges and Green Triangle teams during the annual fire danger season. Please contact us for more information.
The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. To report a fire, call 000.
Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land and Forest Reserves between November 1 and April 30 in any year.