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Beechworth burn gets underway
A fuel reduction burn was conducted at Beechworth on Sunday, 21 April involving more than 50 CFA members of brigades from the Bogong Group.
The 35-hectare burn, in partnership with Department of Environment and Primary Industries, is the first stage of a bushfire protection strategy for Beechworth involving public and private land, Department of Justice land, and a mine site.
Throughout the burn, emergency services had to consider smoke hazards, particularly for a major road which runs through the area. Traffic management was in place to ensure the safety of road users.
The plan for the Beechworth burns has been two years in the making with significant input from Hume Region Vegetation Management Officer (VMO), Phil Browne, in order to get all parties together and agree on the final outcome.
“It is a fantastic joint venture with real outcomes to protect a high fire risk community,” he said.
Hume Region VMO Phi Hawkey, who attended the burn, said it was great to see CFA, Parks Victoria and DEPI crews working side by side sharing tasks.
“Participating in the joint agency burn was a great experience for the newer and younger CFA members,” he said.
“For young and old members alike - participation was a terrific for skills maintenance”.
Weather permitting, four more burns will be conducted. The total burn area for the Beechworth strategy is 206 hectares.