Care for native animals after fire
Sometimes native wildlife can be impacted directly by fire. Sick or injured wildlife can be dangerous to handle and should only be cared for by licensed and trained people. A number of organisations have been established to care for sick and injured wildlife. These organisations are listed in the phone book and can often organise volunteer rescuers to collect animals.
The fire ground is a very dangerous place. Burning logs can produce enough heat to scald, burnt trees can lose branches or fall, the soil is often unstable and tree roots burning underground can be unseen hot traps. There is also the very real danger that the fire is not fully out and it may reignite. Even several days after a fire has gone through an area there is enough fuel in the ground from leaf drop (where scorched trees drop their leaves) to carry a fire through already burnt areas.
Wildlife carers must not enter a fire ground without the permission of the incident controller for that fire who will decide if it is safe to do so. The incident controller is ultimately responsible for all personnel on the fire ground, including members of the public, and will be held accountable for anyone injured on the fire ground. While on the fire ground, wildlife rescuers must wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) and be accompanied by a trained fire fighter at all times.
Page last updated: 21 October 2013