This summer’s devastating bushfires have had a significant impact across East Gippsland and it’s important Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) continues to look forward to progressing further works to protect our communities and the environment across the region.

With current cooler conditions and suitable moisture levels FFMVic firefighters will start the autumn planned burning program in targeted locations across Gippsland in coming weeks.

FFMVic Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Beth Roberts said although the region is on the tail end of an enormous fire season in the east, FFMVic’s community protection works must continue all year round, when it’s safe to do so.

“Bushfires starting in our landscape are inevitable, but we are implementing a variety of works to lessen the intensity and spread when they do, such as planned burning, building and maintaining strategic fire breaks, clearing, mowing and slashing,” Dr Roberts said.

“We know the proven benefits of clearing fuel loads under controlled conditions, with previous planned burn sites slowing fire spread at a number of locations in East Gippsland this summer.

“We’ll be utilising the hundreds of skilled firefighters on deck this season to conduct the burns which are carried out under the current cooler, damper conditions to lessen the impact on the environment, when it’s safe to do so.

“In the west and central parts of the region our firefighters will be focusing on asset protection burns around towns including Mirboo North, Neerim, Erica, Yarram, Won Wron, Loch Sport, Heyfield, Coongulla, Briagolong, Glenaladale and Dargo.

“Smoke from planned burns may cause concern for some people, so thank you for bearing with us while this important work is carried out,” Dr Roberts said. 

The planned burn program is undertaken across public and private land with FFMVic working in partnership with CFA, local government and landholders, as well as the Bureau of Meteorology to assess weather conditions such as humidity, temperature and wind speed.

To find out when and where planned burns are happening near you go to www.vic.gov.au/plannedburns or call 1800 226 226.

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