Forest Fire Management Victoria staff will start the region’s planned burning program in the coming weeks to reduce the risk of bushfires to communities and the environment.
Hume’s assistant chief fire officer Gill Metz said planned burning was a vital part of the fuel reduction work conducted by highly skilled fire crews from Forest Fire Management Victoria and the CFA.
‘‘This important work, undertaken under carefully managed conditions, greatly reduces the impact of bushfires,’’ Ms Metz said.
‘‘Reducing bushfire fuel means fires are less intense, making it more likely that firefighters can contain them before they impact on people, property and the environment.
‘‘We understand that smoke from planned burns may cause concern for some people, but it’s important that fire crews take the opportunity while conditions are right, so we can reduce bushfire risk.
‘‘Forest Fire Management Victoria is committed to working with communities and our stakeholders to reduce the risk of bushfires, and smoke impacts.’’
Forest Fire Management Victoria crews will focus efforts this autumn on planned burns near communities including Mansfield, Jamieson, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Beechworth, Mt Beauty, Bright, Marysville, Narbethong, Thornton, Eskdale, Dartmouth and Granya.
Residents and visitors to north east Victoria may see and smell smoke, and some roads and parks may have to be closed for public safety while burns are being undertaken.
●For your health and safety, find out when planned burns are happening near you.
Go to www.vic.gov.au/plannedburn, download the VicEmergency app or phone VicEmergency on 1800226226.
Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can phone Vic Emergency on 1800226226 via the National Relay Service on 133677.
●For more information on the Victorian Government’s new approach to bushfire risk management go to www.delwp.vic.gov.au/safer-together