Why manage fire? Large areas of Cape York Peninsula are burnt each year, mostly by late dry season fires. The map below shows how often Cape York Peninsula was burnt by late dry season fires in the nine years from 1997 to 2005. Some areas, mostly rainforest, were never burnt by wildfires in this period;others were burnt nearly every year.
Properties on Central Cape York Peninsula were burnt by wildfire less often than were properties on the western side of the peninsula. This is largely because most land managers in the region undertook active fire management. Most land managers in central Cape York Peninsula say that, if they did not burn fire breaks in the early dry season, their properties would also be regularly burnt out by extensive wildfires late in the year