WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation
Bush fires are tightly interwoven within Australia’s overall natural landscape. A number of key floral species such as eucalypts are dependent upon fires to engender renewal and indigenous inhabitants have used the technique of ‘fire stick farming’ to clear dense vegetation in order to facilitate hunting and manage the environment’s composition. However, the intensity of contemporary fires are having undesired impacts upon wildlife. Jess spoke with WIRES’ representative, Kirstie Newtown about the impact of bush-fires upon wildlife.