Spring planned burning will begin in the state’s far south-west today, as Forest Fire Management Victoria crews conduct a planned burn near Casterton.

Around 25 firefighters will carry out the 53 hectare burn along the Casterton-Penola Road, approximately 10 kilometres west of Casterton.

Forest Fire Management Victoria Acting Far South West District Manager Hamish Martin said: “We’ve had a history of bushfires in this area, so it’s important we reduce bushfire fuel when we can.”  

“This burning will take place in a strategic location, that will provide protection for the community of Casterton in the event of a bushfire.”

“Residents in and around Casterton may smell smoke and see haze from the operation.”

“As we expect our opportunities for planned burns will be limited leading into summer, our focus is on identifying small windows of opportunity where we can complete these burns.”

“The burning undertaken during this Spring will assist us in conducting large burns in late Autumn, when the bulk of our planned burning takes place.”

Traffic management will be in along the Casterton-Penola Road during the burn, and will remain in place in the days following the planned burn.  

When the planned burn has been completed, crews will patrol the burn area until it is safe.

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.