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Practical advice from the Bushfires Council, NT
When savannas burn, more than 90% of grassy fuels is given off as smoke. This smoke consists of water vapour, a range of other gases and very fine particulates. Most of the gases are various oxidised forms of nitrogen or carbon, with carbon dioxide dominating.
Season of burn
Late dry season
(October to December)
As is the case with much of north Australia, fire plays an important role in the maintenance of ecological systems in Cape York.
Fire affects all aspects of the ecology of the savanna— individual plants, plant communities, animals and their habitats, nutrients, water catchments and down-stream hydrology.
Aerial photo records are available for many parts of northern Australia from the 1940s, the 1960s and often more recently, as part of national or regional mapping projects.
Wildfires burn across vast areas of northern Australia every year. These bushfires are very different from those in
southern states where fuel loads are much lighter and the trees themselves rarely burn.
Frequent and extensive fires in northern Australia are a consequence of the region’s monsoonal climate with its marked summer wet season and long and warm winter dry season.
A dry season calendar plan for fire management in Central Cape York Peninsula.
Protecting feed stocks, animals and wildlife, as well as the probable thickening of existing vegetation, are things to consider when using fire in the dry season.