Park to ig­nite in fuel-re­duc­tion burns

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Sum­mer fire pro­tec­tion for Halls Gap, Pomonal, Dunkeld and dis­tricts is pro­vid­ing the in­cen­tive for planned burn­ing op­er­a­tions in the Grampians.

For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria is cap­i­tal­is­ing on mild con­di­tions across the Wim­mera for its park-burn­ing pro­gram, which was sched­uled to start yes­ter­day.

Wim­mera district man­ager Glenn Ru­dolph said planned burns in­cluded a 700-hectare stretch of park­land along Boro­nia Track at the back of Lake Bell­field, three kilo­me­tres south of Halls Gap and three kilo­me­tres south-west of Pomonal.

“A pub­lic in­for­ma­tion point will be at Halls Gap Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre to pro­vide more de­tails for the com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to this pop­u­lar tourist area,” he said.

“For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria and Coun­try Fire Author­ity are also plan­ning to tar­get an area of pri­vate bush on the western side of Pomonal, which is the con­tin­u­a­tion of a burn we started last year.”

Mr Ru­dolph said planned burn­ing was also sched­uled near Cas­sidy’s Gap Road and within the Serra Range be­tween Grampians Road to the east and a Serra Range fire­line across a ridge to the west.

“Our For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria and sup­port­ing Coun­try Fire Author­ity crews are closely mon­i­tor­ing these sites to de­ter­mine if con­di­tions will be suit­able for the ig­ni­tion of the planned burns,” he said.

Weather and fuel mois­ture con­di­tions per­mit­ting, ig­ni­tion was sched­uled for yes­ter­day and to­day, with mon­i­tor­ing of burn sites con­tin­u­ing into the lat­ter parts of the week.

“Res­i­dents of Halls Gap, Pomonal, Dunkeld and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing trav­ellers along Grampians and Vic­to­ria Val­ley Roads, might see and smell smoke from these planned burns,” Mr Ru­dolph said.

“Road and track users must obey all traf­fic signs and in­struc­tions from fire-agency crews near the burns, not­ing that some trails and tracks might be closed.

“Within the Boro­nia Track burn area, Boro­nia Peak, Fyans Creek loop from Bram­buk to Tan­dara Road and Del­leys Bridge, and rock-climb­ing ac­tiv­i­ties south of Tun­nel Track will all be closed, as will the tun­nel walk­ing track, Mt Cas­sell and Bell­field fire­lines, and any off-track walk­ing and rock climb­ing ac­cess in the Bell­field Fire­line area.

“The Mt Abrupt Walk­ing Track and climb­ing ar­eas within the Cas­sidy’s Gap burn site will also be closed.”

Mr Ru­dolph said the fo­cus was on re­duc­ing bush­fire fuel for the pro­tec­tion of peo­ple, prop­erty and en­vi­ron­men­tal and her­itage as­sets, par­tic­u­larly for next sum­mer.

Peo­ple can find out when planned burns are hap­pen­ing on­line at www. ffm.vic.gov.au/planned­burn. They can also down­load a Vic Emer­gency app or call a hot­line on 1800 226 226.

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