Milder weather forecast for Central Victoria this week means fire crews are expecting to conduct five planned burns this week starting tomorrow, Thursday 11 October.

Forest Fire Management Victoria Murray Goldfields District Manager, Paul Bates, said depending on the weather, we hope to begin our spring planned burning program with burns near Inglewood, Maryborough, Rushworth, Heathcote and Bendigo over the next couple of weeks.

“The first burn is approximately 108 hectares, one and a half kilometres south east of Rushworth at Jones Road in the Redcastle Greytown State Forest,” Mr Bates said.

“Three burns are scheduled for Maryborough and are as follows, weather permitting:

  • Mosquito Track – 24 hectares, 4.5km south east of Maryborough township (Thursday 11 October)
  • Station Lane – 132 hectares, 9.7km west south west of Maryborough township (Friday 12 October)
  • Derby Road – 20 hectares, 2.5km south west of Maryborough township (Saturday 13 October)

On Friday, if conditions are suitable, a 34-hectare planned burn will also be carried out at Inglewood Reservoir, two kilometres north of Inglewood township.

“The aim of conducting the burns is to reduce the overall fuel hazard within the burn area and in turn, provide added protection from bushfire to neighbouring communities.”

“These burns are part of an integrated plan to reduce bushfire risk to people, property and highly valued assets.

“They aim to reduce the speed and intensity of future bushfires. This is important work because smaller and less intense fires are less likely to grow to a size that will cause damage to communities and property.

“Planned burns are carried out by experienced Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighters, under carefully managed conditions.

"Forest Fire Management Victoria work with the Bureau of Meteorology and will only do planned burns when conditions such as humidity, temperature and wind speed are right.

“We ask that if people see smoke and are concerned, they ring the VicEmergency Hotline, not triple zero. It is important triple zero is only used in case of an emergency.

“We understand that smoke from planned burns may cause concern for some people, but it’s important we 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 stay up to date on when and where planned burns are happening near you, go to ffm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn, download the VicEmergency App or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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