The Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) is preparing to start its biannual planned burning program to reduce the impact of bushfires on the community and environment across the Midlands District.
FFMVic Midlands District Manager, Jasmine Filmer said: “Reducing bushfire fuel means fires are less intense, making it more likely that firefighters can contain them before they spread and impact on people, property and the environment.”
“Planned burning is a vital part of the work that FFMVic and our partner, CFA, undertake to reduce the impact of bushfires on the community and environment,” Ms Filmer said.
While conditions remain dry across the District,we expect some opportunities to burn to become available within the next week.
Victoria is a bushfire-prone state and much of the state has experienced extremely dry weather over the past two years, particularly in the first three months of this year. That’s why these periods of cooler weather are so important for our planned burning operations.
“In partnership with other agencies, FFMVic is aiming to complete several important planned burns this season, including around the townships of Ballarat, Beaufort, Smythesdale, Creswick and Daylesford, and within the Wombat, Lerderderg and Enfield parks and forest areas.
“When conditions are suitable for burning, communities may see and smell smoke, and some roads and forest areas may have to be closed for public safety while burns are being undertaken.
“We understand it is concerning for people to see smoke soon after an active bushfire period.
“However, there are only limited opportunities where conditions are suitable to undertake these important burns, so it is vital that we take advantage of every opportunity to complete them. These opportunities can occur during the school holidays, public holidays and weekends.”
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.
The Planned Burns Notification System (PBNS) is an opt-in system and can send you an SMS or email message prior to a burn being carried out, and when it is in progress. To register go to www.vic.gov.au/plannedburn.
Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
For more information on the Victorian Government’s approach to bushfire risk management go to www.delwp.vic.gov.au/safer-together