Four Wheel Drive Victoria have been made aware that Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) is continuing its planned burning program across north east Victoria to reduce the risk of bushfires on communities.
Above average rainfall and mild temperatures have provided favourable forest conditions for planned burning to ramp up as we head into Autumn.
Hume Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Aaron Kennedy said, “Planned burning is a vital part of work that we do to reduce the impact of bushfires.
“Reducing forest fuels means fires are less intense, increasing the likelihood of firefighters containing bushfires before they spread and impact people, property and the environment.
“FFMVic conducts planned burns based on the conditions rather than the seasons, which can see us burning at any time throughout the year. Above average rainfall and cooler temperatures during summer has resulted in areas of public land being suitable for planned burning,” Mr Kennedy said.
If forest and weather conditions are suitable, FFMVic plans to ignite approximately 94 burns totalling more than 70,000 hectares across north east Victoria this year.
“We understand that smoke from these burns may cause concern, but we are taking every opportunity to burn while conditions allow and it is safe to do so,” Mr Kennedy said.
“We have also been undertaking other fuel management activities including slashing and mulching works, and creating and maintaining fuel breaks.”
FFMVic works closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to assess weather conditions – such as humidity, temperature and wind speed – and will only carry out burns when weather and forest conditions are suitable.
In agreement with the Chief Health Officer, planned burning is continuing across Victoria and if that advice changes, we will make any adjustments necessary in consultation with Victorian Department of Health, Environment Protection Authority Victoria, CFA and Emergency Management Victoria
These burns will be ignited on public land including near Tallangatta, Mitta Mitta, Granya, Dartmouth, Cheshunt, Germantown, Mudgegonga, Porepunkah, Wandiligong, Myrrhee, Jamieson, Sawmill Settlement, Tatong, Shepparton, Marysville, Buxton, Narbethong, Granton, Kinglake, Alexandra, Flowerdale and the Mount Disappointment and Tallarook state forests.
For the latest information about when and where planned burns are happening visit www.vic.gov.au/plannedburns or call 1800 226 226.