The Tiwi Islands Fire Management Committee meets regularly to develop strategies to inform Tiwi people, and to reduce the area of the Tiwi Islands burnt in the late dry season.

Key Recommendations:

  • Low intensity fires early in the dry season burn more patchily and are less destructive to Tiwi plants and animals.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by burning earlier in the year, and by burning less area overall. Early season burning (before the end of July) results in lower intensity cooler fires, and these fires give off less greenhouse gas. Late season fires (fires from early August onwards) are hotter and create more greenhouse gas.
  • Helicopter burning early in the dry season to reduce fuel loads and provide patches of burnt country that stop late fires from running (creating a helicopter break)
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