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DBCA plans to assist flora, fauna and peatland, recovery

Local staff from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions (DBCA) will conduct assessments of the bushfire’s impacts once the fire ground is deemed safe. These assessments are crucial for documenting the damage and planning recovery efforts. Recovery actions may include post-fire feral predator control, fencing vulnerable populations of plants and animals, and mapping fire intensity to identify unburnt areas and areas needing additional protection measures.

Over time, a comprehensive understanding of both short-term and long-term impacts will be developed, aiding in the ongoing management of species and ecosystems. DBCA has already taken steps to protect certain areas, such as deploying sprinkler systems to wet down peatlands known to house the sunset frog.

While aerial water bombers were utilized to combat bushfires, they were not used to directly apply water to peatlands due to potential damage to the delicate environment. The pressure from water bomber aircraft and the residue from wetting agents can harm peat systems and the organisms inhabiting them

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