Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) is preparing to start its autumn planned burning program across the Metropolitan and Yarra Districts, including in the Yarra Ranges.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Eagle said forecast average rainfall and mild temperatures over the next few months are expected to provide favourable conditions to safely conduct planned burning.
“Planned burning is one of many strategies employed as part of an integrated approach to protecting life and property,” he said.
“We are doing this work to reduce the potential size, intensity and impact of future bushfires.”
Mr Eagle said FFMVic will work with the CFA to complete several important planned burns across the Central and Yarra Districts.
This includes the Dandenong Ranges at Mount Dandenong, Upwey and Olinda and in the Yarra State Forest at Mount Little Joe and Mount Toolebewong.
“Planned burning is an important part of our fuel management program to reduce bushfire risk for communities and the environment,” Mr Eagles said.
“We have also been undertaking other fuel management activities including slashing and mulching works, and creating and maintaining fuel breaks.”
According to FFMVic, the organisation works closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to assess weather conditions – such as humidity, temperature and wind speed – and will only carry out burns when conditions are suitable.
When planned burns do occur, communities may see and smell smoke, and some roads and forest areas may close for public safety.
The planned burn program is undertaken across public and private land.
For the latest information about when and where planned burns are happening visit www.vic.gov.au/plannedburns or call 1800 226 226.