Locals can expect to see more smoke in the air over the coming days as the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria continue the spring planned burning program.
DSE Murray Goldfields acting district manager Paul Bates said township protection burns will be undertaken near Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square and Eaglehawk this week.
“These strategic asset protection planned burns are part of an integrated plan to reduce bushfire risk to people, property and highly valued assets,” he said.
“For example, we conducted a 20-hectare fuel reduction burn in Golden Square that is adjacent to homes and the Specimen Hill Reservoir. “
Asset protection burns close to towns have also been undertaken in the past week near Heathcote, Avoca, Maryborough and Rushworth.
DSE also conducted burns at Golden Square, York, Street Eaglehawk, Letheby’s Road Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat and Avoca .
“We have also been burning in more remote areas, which aim to reduce the speed and intensity of future bushfires and protect nearby assets from ember spotting,” Mr Bates said.
“This is important because smaller and less intense fires have less chance of growing to a size that will cause damage to communities and the environment.
“In the past week this has included planned burns near Inglewood, St Arnaud, Landsborough, Talbot, Wedderburn and Bendigo.”
Weather is the biggest challenge for the planned burning program, and the Bureau of Meteorology is working closely with DSE and Parks Victoria.
“A forecast change means we will probably not burn again until the weekend,” Mr Bates said.
DSE and Parks Victoria have conducted about 30 burns totalling 5,500 hectares during this year’s spring planned burning program in the Murray Goldfields Fire District.
To find out where and when burns are likely to happen within 10 days, weather permitting, visit www.dse.vic.gov.au/burns, call the Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667 or download the FireReady smart phone application to see burns on a map.
Nearby residents and visitors may see or smell smoke while the burns are carried out.
Sometimes roads and parks may need to close, road travel may be hazardous due to low visibility from smoke and smoke can affect some people’s health.
The Department of Health advises people experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.