Bushfire is a natural part of the South Australian landscape. South Australia experiences bushfires every fire season. A serious destructive fire will occur somewhere in the State in 6 or 7 years out of every 10. A bushfire can cause injury and loss of human life. It can damage or destroy property if it is able to flare up and travel through the landscape.
Understanding bushfire risk to people and property means you can take appropriate actions to prevent damage.
The State Bushfire Co-ordination Committee (SBCC) is responsible for bushfire management planning in SA. The Committee has divided the State into 9 Bushfire Management Areas. There is a sub-Committee, Bushfire Management Committee (BMC), for each area. The BMC will prepare a Bushfire Management Area Plan (BMAP) for its area.
Bushfire Management Area Plans identify the risks and actions individuals organisations can take to reduce bushfire risk. These plans were developed as part of a project funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Program in partnership with the Commonwealth and State Government of South Australia.
The 9 Bushfire Management Areas are:
- Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
- Flinders, Mid North and Yorke Peninsula
- Kangaroo Island
- Limestone Coast
- Lower Eyre Peninsula
- Murray Mallee
- Upper Eyre Peninsula
This is the first BMAP to undergo a four-yearly review. During this review all assets and treatments have been revised with several new assets added.
This will be the second of the Bushfire Management Area Plans (BMAPs) to display the risk assessment for environmental assets at risk from bushfire, under the new methodology developed by the Ecological Technical Reference Group (a Working Group of the State Bushfire Coordination Committee).
It's important to understand that BMAPs are directed at Prevention and Preparedness. They do not include bushfire incident or disaster management, response or recovery issues such as what to do during a bushfire or where to get help after a bushfire. These issues are covered in other plans, policies and procedures of government and non-government emergency and community service agencies.