Weather permitting, FFMVic crews are planning to carry out up to 10 planned burns across greater Melbourne over the next three days.

FFMVic Metro District Manager Kylie Hyland said: “With Melbourne experiencing one of the driest autumns on record, we have had very limited opportunities for planned burning.

“Thanks to the recent heavy rainfall and mild weather this week, conditions have become favourable for a number of burns this weekend.

“It might seem unusual that we’re burning at this time of year, coming into winter, but we need to take the opportunity whenever it arises to make communities safer,” she said.

Pending suitable weather conditions, the following burns are planned:          

Friday

  • A 16.5 hectare burn at Keilor on King’s Road
  • A 13.5 hectare burn at Mickleham on Mount Ridley West
  • A 6.9 hectare burn at Badger Creek on Koo Wee Rup Track
  • A 1.5 hectare burn at Badger Creek on Picaninny Creek
  • A 14.1 hectare burn at Powelltown on Boundary Track

Saturday

  • A 11.34 hectare burn at Greensborough on Wanbanna Avenue
  • A 21.9 hectare burn at Powelltown on Bunyip Road

Sunday

  • A 10 hectare burn at Mount Dandenong on Kyeema Track
  • A 4 hectare burn at Warrandyte on David Road
  • A 37.9 hectare burn at Powelltown on Portas Road.

Gold Memorial Trail in Warrandyte State Park will remain open, but access to the Victory Mine and Whipstick Gully carpark will be closed. Smoke is likely to drift into the trail area during the burn, and walkers should consider whether this may impact their plans.

Traffic management will be in place on local roads, and crews will remain on site and patrol following completion of the burns.

A number of tracks will be closed on Mt Dandenong before and after the burn, including Kyeema Track (between Bourke’s Lookout and Observatory Track), Observatory Track and The Scar Track.

For the latest information about when planned burns are happening near you go to www.ffm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn, download the Vic Emergency app or call the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.

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