Recent rain in Central Victoria has created suitable conditions for Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) firefighters to continue with their planned burning program in Central Victoria next week.

FFMVic’s, Simon Brown, said burns will take place near Bendigo, Heathcote and Maryborough starting Monday 22 October, if conditions are suitable.

“A cross-tenure burn, one that goes across both public and private land, is scheduled at Edwards Road, Maiden Gully in Bendigo Regional Park,” said Mr Brown.

“Cross tenure burns allow agencies to work together, irrespective of land tenure, to keep Victorian communities safer and protect the values and assets they care about.

“Neither fire nor risk obey or respect administrative boundaries, so by working together with CFA and landowners on cross tenure burns we share the risk and share the responsibility.

“Cross tenure burns are important for bringing agencies and landholders together, to work effectively and build stronger relationships towards a common goal – bushfire risk reduction. This is the intent of Safer Together – FFMVic’s approach to reducing the risk of bushfire in Victoria.

“Three more burns are also scheduled for next week.  They are:

Maryborough – Station Lane: 132-hectare burn, 9.7 kilometres west of Maryborough in Wareek State Forest.  

Sailors Gully – Sydney Flat: 189-hectare burn, 7.5 north west of Bendigo in Bendigo Regional Park

Heathcote – Hedleys Dam Track, 90-hectare burn, 3.5 kilometres south of Heathcote in Spring Plains Nature Conservation Reserve.

“The burns near Bendigo will provide strategic protection for the community against bushfires while the Heathcote burn provides protection to the town from south westerly fires,”

“The Maryborough burn will provide strategic bushfire protection and will also ensure safe access for firefighters and emergency vehicles around the Pyrenees Highway should a bushfire occur.

“By reducing bushfire fuel, fires are less intense, making it more likely that firefighters can contain them before they impact on people, property and the environment.

“Weather is the biggest challenge for the planned burning program so Forest Fire Management Victoria works closely with the Bureau of Meteorology.  We will only undertake planned burning when the weather conditions, such as humidity, temperature and wind speed, are assessed as suitable so plans can change at short notice.

“We understand that smoke from planned burns may cause concern for some people, but it’s important that experienced fire crews take the opportunity while conditions are right, so we can reduce bushfire risk for communities.

“People experiencing symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure should seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.”

To keep up to date on burns planned for the next 10 days in your area, go to www.ffm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn , download the VicEmergency app or call the VicEmergency Hotline at 1800 226 226.

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