Planned burning is continuing at Lorne, with aircraft, bulldozers and more than 40 firefighters to be involved in a 300 hectare burn behind the township.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) crews are beginning the two-day operation today (Wednesday, 4 April), igniting the planned burn along Five Mile Track.

FFMVic Burn Controller David Rourke said: “We’re expecting to make the most of the ideal weather conditions this week, as the mild temperatures and low winds are perfect for planned burning.”

“The first day of the Five Mile Track planned burn will see firefighters use drip torches to ignite the nine-kilometre perimeter of the burn area, securing the burn boundary.”

“On the second day, aircraft will be undertaking aerial ignition in the centre of the burn area.”

“The aircraft will be able to reach areas that are very difficult to walk through, given the steep and heavily forested terrain.”

While firefighters begin the Five Mile Track burn tomorrow, other FFMVic crews will continue to work on a 21 hectare burn along Grove Road. Traffic management will remain in place on Erskine Falls Road.

“The work we’re undertaking around Lorne this week, is the most significant amount of planned burning near Lorne since 2012,” Mr Rourke said.

“Over the coming days, we’re expecting to expand our program around Lorne to take in a 1,820 hectare planned burn near Erskine Falls Road, along Cora Lynn Creek.”

“As this work will create a significant amount of smoke, we appreciate the community’s understanding around our efforts to reduce the risk of bushfire, making Lorne fire-ready.”

Smoke is likely to be present in Lorne, and visible from Aireys Inlet, Wye River and Deans Marsh.

The Erskine Falls Walking Track will be closed today and Thursday, however visitors can still access the popular Erskine Falls Waterfall via the carpark.

FFMVic works closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to assess weather conditions, and will only conduct burns when the conditions are suitable.

Latest information

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.

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