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Avalon Airport fuel reduction burn
An important fuel reduction burn planned for Avalon Airport on Sunday (10 Feb) is likely to create smoke which will be visible to neighbouring communities and motorists on the Princes Freeway, CFA has warned.
CFA Operations Officer Kevin Mann said the work is preparation for the Australian International Airshow 2013 to be held later this month.
“Should weather conditions remain favourable, the fuel reduction burn will be conducted between 10am and noon on Sunday,” Mr Mann said.
“The area to be burnt is well away from communities and airport infrastructure and will ensure fireworks for this world class event can be safely carried out.”
Mr Mann said the fuel reduction burn will be visible from some distance.
“Residents around Avalon and motorists travelling on the Princes Freeway shouldn’t be alarmed if they see a large volume of smoke coming from the airport,” Mr Mann said.
“To avoid needless calls to triple 0, we’re urging people to only call emergency services if they can see flames or have a life threatening emergency.”
He urged people with respiratory problems to close their doors and windows and turn off air conditioning systems.
“Anyone experiencing breathing problems can contact Nurse-on-call 1300 60 60 24.
“Information will be available on cfa.vic.gov.au or by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667,” he said.
The Avalon International Airshow will be held between 26 February and 3 March