Fires in Northern Australia
In this image we can see two fires in the Cape York Peninsula, in the Queensland region of Northern Australia.
The rivers below are the Mitchell and Alice Rivers, running through the Mitchell-Alice Rivers National Park to the Gulf of Carpentaria on the left.
Fires are important for maintaining the ecological systems in much of Northern Australia and in the Cape York Peninsula in particular.
The land in this region ranges from floodplains to mountains, which receive different amounts of rainfall. The Western side of the peninsula is drier than the eastern side, making fire management there more difficult.
According to the Savannah Explorer, the rangers of the Queensland National Parks have been carrying out “storm burns”, fires lit just before expected rainfall when fuel levels are high.
The purpose of these fires is to encourage the return of native grasses to areas where woody weeds and trees are becoming overly abundant, thus maintaining maximum biodiversity.