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
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.