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The inaugural WA Prescribed Burning Forum was held in Busselton from 9 - 11 August 2017.

Inaugural Western Australian Prescribed Burning Forum achieves key aims


 ​24 August 2017


The inaugural Western Australian Prescribed Burning Forum, The Burning Question: Now & Beyond was held in Busselton from 9 – 11 August 2017. The forum convened experts and practitioners in the field with the aim of enhancing the coordination and delivery of prescribed burning programs in Western Australia.


Over 140 participants were invited to attend the forum, drawn from across state agencies, local government, industry, volunteer associations, research organisations and interstate partner agencies.


The forum combined scene-setting plenary sessions, investigative workshops, and a regional field trip to Margaret River, Gracetown and Yallingup.


The intensive three day program was formally opened by the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. Francis Logan MLA, the Minister for Environment, the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, and the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner, Dr Wayne Gregson APM.


​Image of the Hon. Francis Logan MLA delivering his opening address.

Participants also heard from invited key note speaker, Mike Dueitt, Director of the US National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center, on the challenges faced, lessons learnt and the future of prescribed fire in the US.


Participants at the forum generated a range of practical recommendations to help achieve more efficient and effective prescribed fire programs in Western Australia. The Office of Bushfire Risk Management is now preparing a statement of outcomes which will be released on the forum webpage


The forum was hosted by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management, in partnership with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and the Office of Emergency Management. Support for the forum was also provided by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department through the Natural Disaster Resilience and National Bushfire Mitigation programs. 

​​Image of the Q & A session.​​