Emergency services and landowners have been conducting hazard-reduction burns across the Katherine region throughout this month.
The Territory is entering into its high fire-danger dry season period and so authorities are getting ahead of the risk by reducing fuel-loads and training personnel.
"Throughout the month of May, NTFRS conducted bushfire mitigation strategic burns under agreement with Crown lands which also allowed training for NTFRS volunteers," an emergency services spokesman said.
"Fuel load reductions by land owners and managers maintain a safer community, provide for easier management and a safer response environment for responding firefighters from encroaching wildfires during the dry and warmer fire season months in the NT," they said.
Bushfire-risk in the Territory is extremely high, with about half of high-rainfall Top End Savannah areas burned every year.
Katherine has experienced record low-rainfall this wet-season so vegetation is also drier than it would usually be in May.
Bureau of Meteorology warnings suggest the risk has already begun, with this Sunday designated a 'high' fire-danger day for Katherine.
Controlled burns have so far targeted strategic areas of communities in Pine Creek and Mataranka, and Katherine auxiliary and volunteer firefighter took part in the exercises to better prepare them for future service.
"They also provided training and experience for NTFRS volunteer members from Pine Creek, Mataranka, and Humpty Doo volunteer brigades as well as Katherine Fire Station auxiliary and volunteer firefighters," the spokesman said.
"Volunteer and auxiliary firefighters are the essential back bone in rural, regional and remote areas of the NT, providing an emergency response and hazard mitigation measures in their communities," the spokesman said.
Weather permitting, there had planned to be a preventative burn conducted by the Katherine off Road Motorcycle Club on Saturday.
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