Fireys spring into ac­tion to re­duce sum­mer risk

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FOR­EST Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria (FFMVic) and the CFA have com­menced planned burn­ing across Vic­to­ria to re­duce bush­fire risk be­fore sum­mer.

FFMVic chief fire of­fi­cer Chris Hard­man said FFMVic and CFA crews are fo­cused on con­duct­ing planned burns in high risk com­mu­ni­ties when weather con­di­tions are suit­able.

“Planned burns through­out spring will be small dis­crete op­er­a­tions that can be un­der­taken in a one or two-day pe­riod, rather than larger burns over a longer pe­riod of time,” Mr Hard­man said

“You may see and smell smoke from these planned burns, and some roads and parks may close.

“We will be work­ing closely with the Bureau of Me­teor- ol­ogy to as­sess weather con­di­tions, such as hu­mid­ity, tem­per­a­ture and wind speed, and will only carry out burns when the con­di­tions are suit­able.

“Un­der­ly­ing dry­ness across the state and the po­ten­tial for an early fire sea­son will limit our burn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, but when con­di­tions are right we will take the op­por­tu­nity to re­duce bush­fire risk.

“Work­ing with CFA is a vi­tal part of our planned burn­ing pro­gram en­sur­ing that we are us­ing lo­cal knowl­edge to man­age bush­fire risk to­gether,” said Mr Hard­man.

CFA chief of­fi­cer Steve War­ring­ton said CFA and FFMVic crews would be work­ing side by side to con­duct planned burns on pub­lic and pri­vate land.

“By do­ing this, we com­bine a range of ex­per­tise that ben­e­fits our planned burn­ing pro­gram and means we are mak­ing our com­mu­ni­ties safer to­gether,” Mr War­ring­ton said.

Mr Hard­man thanked the com­mu­nity for its un­der­stand­ing while the work is com­pleted.

“We un­der­stand that smoke from planned burns may cause con­cern for some peo­ple, but it’s im­por­tant we take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity while con­di­tions are right to re­duce bush­fire risk be­fore sum­mer,” Mr Hard­man said.

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