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Aboriginal Fire Management

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Just as they have for thousands of years, indigenous Australians use fire to management land and landscapes. Early season burns reduce the chance for late dry season wildfires that can devastate the land. Fire is used to clear land around rock art sites to ensure bigger late season fires don't damage the rock.

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Image #1. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area covers 1,394,951 hectares of spectacular stone and gorge country on the western Arnhem Land plateau, in northern Australia. The area adjoins Kakadu NP. Fire management - rangers using rakes and leaf blowers

Image #2. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area covers 1,394,951 hectares of spectacular stone and gorge country on the western Arnhem Land plateau, in northern Australia. The area adjoins Kakadu NP. Fire management - rangers using rakes and leaf blowers

Image #3. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area covers 1,394,951 hectares of spectacular stone and gorge country on the western Arnhem Land plateau, in northern Australia. The area adjoins Kakadu NP. Fire management - rangers using rakes and leaf blowers

Image #4. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area covers 1,394,951 hectares of spectacular stone and gorge country on the western Arnhem Land plateau, in northern Australia. The area adjoins Kakadu NP. Fire management - rangers using rakes and leaf blowers

Image #5. Aboriginal Fire Management Fire workshop at Ngaliyindi in eastern Arnhem Land hosted by Gurruwiling rangers, SE Arafura rangers and traditional owners. Ngaliyindi is on the escarpment overlooking the Arafura Swamp (Gurruwiling) from the eastern side. Indigenous land management Aboriginal rangers. Traditional owners and rangers examine map of the Arafura Swamp and surrounding country

Image #6. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. A Rain Dance Machine is used to start fires from a helicopter

Image #7. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Fires early in the year are part of a Carbon Farming Initiative and integral to the stations fire management

Image #8. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Fires early in the year are part of a Carbon Farming Initiative and integral to the stations fire management

Image #9. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Fires early in the year are part of a Carbon Farming Initiative and integral to the stations fire management

Image #10. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the stationFish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Jack Daly (yellow helmet) and Jonas Cline (blue shirt) head out to do some aerial burning from a helicopter

Image #11. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the stationFish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. The tropical savannah is burned early in the dry season to ensure no "hot" wildfires later in the year - Fish River Ranger, Desmond Daly, sets fire to the country

Image #12. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the stationFish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. The tropical savannah is burned early in the dry season to ensure no "hot" wildfires later in the year - Fish River Ranger, Desmond Daly, sets fire to the country

Image #13. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station

Image #14. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Station Manager Shaun Ansell oversees a burn early in the dry season - Fish River indigenous rangers conduct the burn from quad bikes - Wally Johnston - using a PDA

Image #15. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Station Manager Shaun Ansell oversees a burn early in the dry season - Fish River indigenous rangers conduct the burn from quad bikes - Wally Johnston - using a PDA

Image #16. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Station Manager Shaun Ansell oversees a burn early in the dry season - Fish River indigenous rangers conduct the burn from quad bikes - Wally Johnston - using a PDA

Image #17. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Station Manager Shaun Ansell oversees a burn early in the dry season - Fish River indigenous rangers conduct the burn from quad bikes - Wally Johnston (centre), Desmond Daly (right), Rodney Maranya (left)

Image #18. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Fish River indigenous rangers conduct a burn from quad bikes - Rodney Maranya takes a drink while Wally Johnston enters data into PDA

Image #19. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Early dry season burn - part of fire management at Fish River - Desmond Daly, Fish River ranger

Image #20. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Fish River indigenous rangers conduct a burn from quad bikes - Wally Johnston, Rodney Maranya, Desmond Daly

Image #21. Aboriginal Fire Management Fish River is a former pastoral station that was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Indigenous rangers do much of the work on the station. Burning early in the dry season - on the banks of the Daly River - Fish River rangers Desmond Daly (left) and Rodney Maranya

Image #22. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Dean Yirbarbuk and his family clear and burn areas around rock art

Image #23. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Dean Yirbarbuk and members of his family clear and burn around rock art galleries to ensure they are not damaged by late dry season wildfires

Image #24. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Dean Yirbarbuk and members of his family clear and burn around rock art galleries to ensure they are not damaged by late dry season wildfires

Image #25. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Dean Yirbarbuk and members of his family clear and burn around rock art galleries to ensure they are not damaged by late dry season wildfires

Image #26. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art in the Kunbambuk estate - Dean Yirbarbuk and members of his family clear and burn around rock art galleries to ensure they are not damaged by late dry season wildfires

Image #27. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #28. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #29. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #30. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #31. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #32. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #33. Aboriginal Fire Management Wagiman-Guwardagun Rangers - Patrick Huddlestone (left) & Andrew McMah light fires as part of the ranger program to look after their country around Pine Creek.

Image #34. Aboriginal Fire Management Aboriginal ranger at Nitmiluk National Park lights speargrass for an early dry season burn.

Image #35. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #36. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #37. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #38. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #39. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

Image #40. Aboriginal Fire Management Warddeken rangers conduct a burning program on the Arnhem Land plateau: Greg Lippo (glue hat and dreds), Ted Maralngurra (hat and greyish beard), Keenan Nayinggul (black T-shirt under shirt), Ray Nadjamerreck (son of Keith, big smile), Keith Nadjamerreck (older skinny man in shorts), Jonah Djumburri (beard and black hat), Zacariah Namarnyilk (blue pants), Bernard Garnarradj (blower at rock art site and first burner)

 

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