Planned burning is well under way across Victoria in an attempt to reduce bushfire risk across all land tenures.
Burnings are being controlled under the guidance of Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Stephanie Rotarangi said: “The first planned burns have started in parts of the state where conditions are suitable and crews are working with the CFA to prepare the sites of future planned burns.
“The predicted weather conditions suggest that this autumn will provide great opportunities to significantly reduce bushfire risk for our communities,” Ms Rotarangi said
Burns and fuel reduction works will be concentrating on spaces that cover both public and private land, targeting high risk urban fringe areas such as the Dandenongs, Mount Macedon, Ballarat, Bendigo and the Otway ranges.
“Working with CFA is a vital part of the planned burning program to make sure that we are using local knowledge to manage bushfire risk together to deliver maximum benefit to the community.
“The result of this partnership is a program that reduces the bushfire risk faced by our communities and environment regardless of the location or land tenure,” she said.
Forest Fire Management Victoria have released a video about the burnings:
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the planned burning program would also act as a training exercise for the sector – putting emergency management arrangements to the test.
“Planned burns are primarily about reducing fuels around communities, but they also act as a great training exercise for our people too,” he said.
“By working together we combine a range of expertise which will benefit the planned burning program and the community.”
For the latest information about when planned burns are happening near you go to www.vic.gov.au/plannedburn download the VicEmergency app or call the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.
In South Australian news, the local Country Fire Service (CFS) is putting their burning codes of practice into the public arena, calling for community response.
CFS Director Preparedness Operations, Leigh Miller said the codes of practice will help clarify any ambiguity around these activities both during and outside of the fire danger season.
“Fires starting from mowing and slashing activities for example could be reduced if people take simple precautions, like ensuring no rocks are in the area they are cutting grass,” Mr Miller said.
The public Consultation period is open until March 31. To read the draft codes of practice and provide feedback visit the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au.