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EcoFire: restoring the biodiversity values of the Kimberley region by managing fire


  • Sarah Legge,

  • Stephen Murphy,

  • Richard Kingswood,

  • Butch Maher,

  • Daniel Swan

  • EcoFire is a strategic regional prescribed burning programme covering 5 million hectares of the Kimberley, Western Australia. It is based on a unique partnership of landholders, private conservation and government agencies. The project is causing a shift from regular, extensive, uncontrolled fires in the mid-to-late dry season, to early dry season fires that are smaller and less intense, thus improving habitat quality and the availability of unburnt vegetation across the landscape.

Sarah Legge and Daniel Swan are with Australian Wildlife Conservancy (Mornington Sanctuary, PMB 925, Derby, WA 6728, Australia; Tel: +61 (0)8 9191 4619; Email:; Current address of Sarah Legge is also the North Australian Biodiversity Hub, (Charles Darwin University, Casuarina, NT 0909, Australia). Stephen Murphy was previously with Australian Wildlife Conservancy but is currently at MapIT (PO Box 500, Malanda, Qld 4885, Australia; Email: Richard Kingswood, also previously with Australian Wildlife Conservancy; current address is NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (PO Box 72, Blackheath, NSW 2785, Australia; Email: Butch Maher operates All Sky Helicopters (PO Box 1251, Derby, WA 6728, Australia; Email: This feature was developed to demonstrate how large-scale fire management and associated monitoring can be delivered in remote and biodiversity-rich regions.