We understand that smoke from planned burns may cause concern, and we want to avoid placing any additional burden on the health of any groups in the community as the current public health crisis of the COVID-19 progresses.  

We encourage those who are more sensitive to smoke – older people, pregnant women or people with health issues – to remain indoors and keep windows closed until the smoke passes.

The current advice from the Chief Health Officer is that our planned burning program can continue, and that the situation will be continually monitored to ensure this advice remains current.  

While conditions allow and it is safe to do so, we are taking every opportunity to burn.  

We cannot risk delaying burns and missing the opportunity to protect communities from bushfire and after the scale of the recent bushfire season, we are empathetic to concerns and greatly appreciate the community working with us while this important work is carried out.  

To find out when and where planned burns are happening near you, go to www.vic.gov.au/plannedburns or call 1800 226 226.

Page last updated: 27/07/20