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Planned burns for Grampians fringe

Glenn Rudolph, Forest Fire Management Victoria's Wimmera district manager.

Glenn Rudolph, Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Wimmera district manager.

Forest Fire Management Victoria is set to start spring burning operations in and around Ararat and Stawell.
Wimmera District forest and fire operations manager Glenn Rudolph said several fuel-reduction burns aimed at reducing forest fuel and the potential spread and intensity of bushfires that might affect both centres, would happen in the next few weeks.
“Two planned burns are within the Ararat Hills Regional Park on the edge of Ararat township, and another within the Deep Lead Nature Conservation Reserve five kilometres north-west of Stawell,” he said.
“Residents of Ararat and surrounds may see or smell smoke from the 70-hectare One Tree Hill Track hand-candling and 26-hectare Hawk Track North fuel-reduction burns.
“Burning these priority areas in spring will avoid smoke impacts on adjoining wineries during the autumn grape-harvesting season.
“Hand-candling, which involves burning the extreme bark hazard off trees, helps reduce spotting and makes life easier for planned-burn crews working to reduce fuel hazard.
“Spot fires emanating from bushfires are a major hazard for fire-fighters and communities trying to defend assets.”
Mr Rudolph said residents of Deep Lead, Stawell and Concongella might similarly see or smell smoke from a Deep Lead Forty Foot Track planned burn.
“This 102-hectare planned burn is aimed at providing an irregular mosaic of burnt and unburnt areas to promote floristic diversity,” he said.
“There are known native orchid populations within this Nature Conservation Reserve, which will be deliberately excluded from burning operations.
“Forest Fire Management Victoria is committed to working with communities to reduce the impacts of bushfires, through its Safer Together approach.”
Latest information about planned burns is available online at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn.
Information is also available on the VicEmergency app or by calling the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.

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Posted on Oct 11 2017

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