The SA Environment Minister has announced more than $16 million dollars will be invested over the next 4 years, to programmes aimed at reducing bushfire risk in South Australia.
With the main focus on the Mt Lofty Ranges, the funding will go towards undertaking prescribed burn offs and enable updated and more sophisticated maps to be created of target areas.
The increase in burn off activity will also create 30 new jobs in support of CFS brigades.
Emergency Services Minister Peter Malinauskas says prescribed burn offs are the only proven way to reduce the threat of fire.
South Australia is prone to complex bushfire and every outbreak has the potential to put lives at risk. Not only the landowners, but also the lives of our emergency service volunteers."
"Prevention is our best response to the threat of bushfires and with this new funding, we are aiming to minimise fuel loads and reduce bushfire risk."
Environment Minister Ian Hunt says people who live in the Adelaide Hills understand the seriousness of fire and the need for funding to combat it.
"This investment is about protecting people's lives and property and it recognises the serious threat bushfires pose to the safety of communities across the state - particulalrly in the Mt Lofty Ranges."
"Over the last 15 years, the State Government's committment to prescribed burning on public lands has grown from $127,000 in 2004/05 to $683,000 in 2015/16."
Hear Shane Wiseman from DEWNR discuss the importance of prescribed burning in SA