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Western Australia's climate has changed over the last century, particularly over the last 50 years. Average temperature has risen about 1°C.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) provides this information to support managers and others suffering from the effects of fire on the farm.
Fires can cause significant damage to bush on farms and may devastate revegetation areas.
Following a fire, the risk of water erosion is greatly increased on bare paddocks.
Most unplanned fires have a drastic effect on a pasture. Fire changes the plant composition and reduces growth and carrying capacity in the following season.
After farm fires, protect your water supply from contamination.
Wind and water erosion risk is increased after fire removes groundcover and some seed reserves.
Managing farm biosecurity following a fire, flood or dry season is a balance of caring for livestock and paddocks while limiting the introduction of new pests, diseases or weeds onto the property.
Cattle are common victims of fires in Australia. Cattle are generally less affected by fires than sheep because of their superior height and speed, but they can be severely burnt if trapped, such a
Sheep are common victims of fires in Australia. The information below describes how fire may affect sheep and the management options landholders have.