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Annual Apsley burn completed

IN CONTROL: Apsley Fire Brigade’s Stephen Hocking, right, is joined by Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Damien Skurrie during Apsley’s annual planned burn.

IN CONTROL: Apsley Fire Brigade’s Stephen Hocking, right, is joined by Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Damien Skurrie during Apsley’s annual planned burn.

An annual Apsley Common planned burn in West Wimmera has been completed.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Wimmera district manager Glenn Rudolph said it was an important burn for the Wimmera district.
“The area has been identified as important for the protection of the Apsley township, and is conducted annually to reduce bushfire risk in the area,” he said.
“It is essential that we ignite this burn during summer to ensure the grass is suitably dry for burning.
“We work closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to assess weather conditions, such as humidity, temperature and wind speed, and will only carry out burns when the conditions are suitable.”
Mr Rudolph said working with the CFA as part of the Safer Together approach was a vital part of the planned burning program.
“This burn has been conducted in partnership with the CFA Apsley group for several years and has proven to be extremely successful,” he said.
“This year, the CFA also ignited a 25 hectare burn at the Apsley Racecourse during the evening, which was also completed successfully.”
Mr Rudolph said people wanting up-to-date information about when planned burns were happening near them, could visit www.fmm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn or call 1800 226 226.
“Safer Together is the Victorian Government’s approach to reducing the risk of bushfire in Victoria, that combines stronger community partnerships with the latest science and technology to more effectively target our actions,” Mr Rudolph said.

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Posted on Jan 16 2019

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