Smoke may be visible on Mount Dandenong today as Forest Fire Management Victoria and CFA crews carry out a planned burn in Dandenong Ranges National Park.

The 8.9 hectare burn will be carried out across parkland and private property to reduce the impacts of bushfire. Forest Fire Management Victoria Metro District Manager Dan White said given the location of the burn, people may see or smell smoke.

“Mount Dandenong is a prominent landmark, so the smoke may also be visible from various parts of the city and to motorists on the Eastern Freeway and Eastlink.

“There will be delays of up to five minutes on Mt Dandenong Tourist Road at Kalorama whilst we undertake the burn, so we advise motorists to allow extra time for any travel through the area.

“Cyclists are urged to avoid the tourist road between Montrose and Mount Dandenong whilst the burn is carried out, as they will not be permitted to ride past the burn area for safety reasons.

“Cyclists should plan their ride and detour accordingly. Inverness and York roads offer an alternative route.

“We are taking advantage of ideal conditions to do this burn and help reduce fire risk to nearby communities ahead of summer,” Mr White said.

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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