With current cooler conditions and suitable moisture levels, Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) firefighters continue our planned burning program in targeted locations across Gippsland.

With current cooler conditions and suitable moisture levels, Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) firefighters continue our planned burning program in targeted locations across Gippsland.

FFMVic Gippsland Deputy Chief Fire Officer Geoff Conway said: “Planned burning is part of Forest Fire Management Victoria’s year-round program to reduce bushfire risk.

“Our strategic fuel management approach gives our firefighters a better chance of controlling fires when they do occur, reducing impacts on people, property and the environment.

“To date, several successful planned burns have been completed throughout the region.

“Earlier this month, our crews completed planned burns in the Wonnangatta Valley. These ecological burns were focused on modifying the vegetation structure to assist the promotion of alluvial plains grassland. They will also provide protection to the township of Dargo.

“In west Gippsland, three burns strategically positioned to provide protection to the township of Rawson have been completed. Two burns to the north of Rawson and one to the south.

“The Brothers planned burn, north of Benambra was completed in multiple stages. This complex 3,500 hectare fuel reduction burn was a high priority for FFMVic and has had strong community support.

"Additionally, crews have completed several successful fuel reduction burns in the Bendoc area, providing protection to the township, neighbouring private properties and communities on the NSW-Victorian border.

“Our crews follow careful processes before, during and after a burn, to make sure it is kept safe and controlled. Weather conditions are assessed and monitored, control lines and contingency areas are prepared, traffic control is put in place and fire crews monitor the area for several days afterwards to put out or remove smouldering material.

“In areas where planned burning is less effective, or not suitable to deliver, we focus more on other strategies such as mechanical fuel management, asset protection, community partnerships, response and capacity building.” Mr Conway added.

FFMVic crews are adhering to appropriate physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure we can safely continue our operations across the state.

To find out how we are reducing bushfire risk in your area, we encourage you to visit our website and view Gippsland’s Joint Fuel Management Program. You can also view our longer-term bushfire management strategy by visiting the Gippsland page of the Safer Together website.

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

Check out our new Fuel Management video for a snapshot of the planning and delivery of our fuel management program in Gippsland.

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