The Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge is an area of great concern to the Bush Fire Front. It contains a hazardous cocktail of dense highly inflammable coastal vegetation, karri forest, jarrah-marri forest, vineyards, livestock grazing, hobby farms, and settlements.
Some of the settlements have subdivisions that were developed with inadequate attention to fire management issues. It receives heavy visitation from tourists and there are many recreation sites scattered throughout the region. There are a large number of absentee landowners who have little appreciation of bushfire risks and how to manage them. The Margaret River fire gave a good illustration of the potential for disaster, but it could have been much, much worse.
Bush Fire Front member John Evans has been very active in promoting improved fire management in the region. This section sets out some of his activities directed at landowners on the Ridge. There are three sections: an overview presentation John made at a seminar held by the BFF at Dunsborough; then two short articles setting out practical measures landholders can take.