According to Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman, it’s part of the vital work done by FFMVic in partnership with the CFA. "Reducing bushfire fuel means fires are less intense, making it more likely that firefighters can contain them before they spread and impact on people, property and the environment."

Victoria is a bushfire prone state. Given the very dry weather over the past 2 years, particularly during the first three months of 2019, these periods of cooler weather are very important for planned burning.

Print, radio and social media advertising informing Victorians about the smoke they may smell and see during planned burns and the potential for road closures during burns began this week.

"We understand it is concerning for people to see smoke soon after an active bushfire period,” said the Chief Fire Officer. "However, there are only limited opportunities where conditions are suitable to undertake these important burns, so it is vital that we take advantage of every opportunity to complete them. These opportunities can occur during the school holidays, public holidays and weekends."

More information about planned burns near you, download the VicEmergency app or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.  

The Planned Burns Notification System (PBNS) is an opt-in system and can send you an SMS or email message prior to a burn being carried out, and when it is in progress.

Page last updated: 04/04/19