Our spring burns offs depend on weather
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PLANNED spring burn offs are expected to take place around Wangaratta ahead of what has been predicted to be an abovenormal fire season.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) program manager of communications, Darren Skelton, said the Goulburn Fire District is planning to conduct a number of controlled burns during spring if weather and forest conditions are suitable.
Key planned areas include the Glenrowan Communications Towers
and Glenrowan Ridge Track in the Warby Range, the Wangaratta Common, and Winton Wetlands - Winton North Road Strategic Break.
Forest Fire Management Victoria’s senior forest fire management officer, Brendan Purcell, said the spring burning program would be contingent on the weather over the next six to eight weeks.
“We want clear stable weather for a number of days with low wind that allows us to conduct the burns safely,” Mr Purcell told the Wangaratta Chronicle yesterday.
“It’s particularly important to conduct small burns with good asset protection at this time of the year.
“We need good phone and radio connections in fire season, which is why we’ve planned burn offs around the communications towers in the Warby Range.”
Mr Purcell urged everyone who lives in rural areas in Victoria to be aware of their surroundings as the weather warms up.
“If you’re living adjacent to large open grasslands or forest, you need to take care during summer and make sure you’ve got a good fire plan,” he said.
“Small burns will reduce the impact or spread of a fire during the warmer months, but it is still important to be prepared.”
The forest fire management expert said his team would also be doing slashing in a number of public land areas to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
“Burn offs in grassland areas such as Wangaratta Common and Winton Wetlands really depend on how much growth we get during spring time,” he said.
“During the planning stage, our biodiversity staff members check what animals are in the area and put mitigation measures in place.”