Traditional practice

More than 40,000 years of Indigenous occupation in Australia involved regularly burning patches of country to manage wildfires, to hunt and regenerate the land.

Some areas with a small amount of grass were burned regularly, areas with thicker grass were burned less frequently and those areas with fire-sensitive plants were left untouched.

By creating fire patches, Aboriginal people prevented wildfires becoming large, uncontrollable and frequent.

Over thousands of years, endemic plants and animals adapted and became reliant on the traditional practice.

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