Media Release – 4 April 2017
The stable conditions and cooler temperatures across the state this week have led Forest Fire Management Victoria to ignite dozens of planned burns.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Stephanie Rotarangi said: “We have up to 100 burns either underway, being patrolled or scheduled for ignition this week across Victoria.
“The current forecast weather conditions are ideal for planned burning so we need to take this opportunity to significantly reduce bushfire risk for our communities. However if the conditions change some of the burns may be cancelled or re-scheduled,” Dr Rotarangi said
“We are taking action now to protect Victoria next summer. The planned burning will result in smoke being seen by local communities as well as visitors across regional Victoria. If you see or smell smoke you can check if it is a planned burn by going to www.ffm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn
“Using the latest smoke modelling technology we can get a better understanding of where the smoke impacts will be greatest and let the community know.
“Planned burning may mean some parks and forests are closed. It may also affect visibility on roads and may result in traffic management measures including speed restrictions and road closures.
“We understand that smoke from planned burning can affect some people and appreciate everyone’s patience while we complete this work.
“As part of our Safer Together approach we are also partnering with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) when conducting planned burns to make sure that we are using local knowledge to manage bushfire risk together to deliver maximum benefit to the community.
“The result of this partnership is a program that reduces the bushfire risk faced by our communities and environment regardless of the location or land tenure.”
For the latest information about when planned burns are happening near you go to www.ffm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn download the VicEmergency app or call the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health and Human Services advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse-on-Call on 1300 60 60 24.