Where there’s smoke hope­fully there won’t be any un­planned bush­fires

Every burn we do now means we are bet­ter pre­pared for the com­ing fire sea­son

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE liv­ing in Co­huna and Gun­bower will start to see smoke as For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria be­gins the spring planned burn­ing pro­gram on pub­lic land.

For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria act­ing Mur­ray Gold­fields dis­trict man­ager Adrian Parker said the first burn was last week at Gun­bower State For­est at Ri­fle Butts Track, about 5km north of Co­huna.

‘‘The 15ha burn is in a pri­or­ity area for risk re­duc­tion and will pro­vide strate­gic pro­tec­tion against bush­fires com­ing from the north west,’’ Mr Parker said.

‘‘Th­ese burns aim to re­duce the speed and in­ten­sity of fu­ture bush­fires. This is im­por­tant work be­cause smaller and less in­tense fires have less chance of grow­ing to a size that will cause dam­age to com­mu­ni­ties and prop­erty.

‘‘Weather is the big­gest chal­lenge for the planned burn­ing pro­gram so For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria

works closely with the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy. We will only un­der­take planned burn­ing when the weather con­di­tions, such as hu­mid­ity, tem­per­a­ture and wind speed, are as­sessed as suit­able so plans can change at short no­tice.

‘‘Every burn we do now means we are bet­ter pre­pared for the com­ing fire sea­son.

‘‘Planned burns are car­ried out by ex­pe­ri­enced crews, un­der care­fully man­aged con­di­tions.

‘‘We un­der­stand that smoke from planned burns may cause con­cern for some peo­ple, but it’s im­por­tant that ex­pe­ri­enced fire crews take the op­por­tu­nity while con­di­tions are right, so we can re­duce bush­fire risk for com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria fire­fight­ers will pa­trol both burn sites for the next few days.’’

Peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms due to smoke ex­po­sure should seek med­i­cal ad­vice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024.

To keep up to date on burns planned for the next 10 days in your area, go to www.ffm.vic.gov.au/planned­burns

Peo­ple can also reg­is­ter for For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria’s Planned Burn­ing No­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (PBNS) at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/pbns for no­ti­fi­ca­tion about a burn and/or to help you pre­pare ahead.

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