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December – January

Season of the Young

Birak (December – January)

Birak season sees the warm weather really start to take hold. The afternoons are cooled by the sea breezes that abound from the southwest. This was the fire season, a time to burn the country in mosaic patterns. An almost clockwork style of easterly winds in the morning and sea breezes in the afternoon, meant that traditionally this was the burning time of year for Noongar people. Highly managed seasonal burning in patchwork patterns helped in fuel reduction, created grazing pasture for some animals and made open field hunting easier, aided in seed germination and eased mobility across the country.

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