Planned burning is one of the many strategies employed by FFMVic and part of an integrated approach to protecting life and property from the risk of bushfire.

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 Planned burn underway showing man with drip torch lighting grass fireproperty.

“We are doing this work to reduce the potential size, intensity and impact of future bushfires.”

“In partnership with the CFA, we are aiming to complete several important planned burns across the Central and Yarra Districts this season including in the Dandenong Ranges at Mount Dandenong, Upwey and Olinda, and in the Yarra State Forest at Mt Little Joe and Mt Toolebewong.

“Planned burning is an important part of our fuel management program to reduce bushfire risk for communities and the environment.

“We have also been undertaking other fuel management activities including slashing and mulching works, and creating and maintaining fuel breaks,” Mr Eagle said.

FFMVic 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, and FFMVic works in partnership with CFA, local government and landholders.

For the latest information about when and where planned burns are happening visit www.vic.gov.au/plannedburns or call 1800 226 226.

For more information on the Victorian Government's approach to bushfire risk management go to safertogether.vic.gov.au