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DEPI planned burns around Melbourne
DEPI MEDIA RELEASE
Smoke will be visible in Melbourne’s north over the weekend as the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Parks Victoria take advantage of good weather conditions for planned burning.
Six grass burns will take place today around the Derrimut, Epping, Craigieburn, Somerton and Mickleham areas.
DEPI East Metropolitan District Manager Dan White said: “We understand it is concerning for people to see smoke particularly in areas recently affected by fires, however Victoria’s weather is always changing and we need to take the opportunity to reduce fuel loads whenever the conditions make it safe to do so.”
“A 60 hectare burn will take place in Craigieburn Grasslands Flora and Fauna Reserve, a 40 hectare burn in the Mt Ridley Grasslands Nature Conservation Reserve and a 59 hectare burn in the Derrimut Grasslands.”
“Three other smaller burns will also take place including a 25 hectare burn in the Ravenhall Nature Conservation Reserve, a 10 hectare burn in Cooper Street Grassland and a 5.5 hectare burn in the Gilbertson’s Grassland Nature Conservation Reserve.”
“Depending on rainfall over the next 24 hours, we may also complete a ten hectare burn near Mountain View Road at Kalorama as well as two small burns near Powelltown and Noojee.”
“Smoke from these burns may be visible in Olinda, Sassafras, Mount Evelyn and Kalorama as well as Gembrook, Warburton and Hoddles Creek.”
“As we are completing several burns in a short period of time smoke will accumulate and if people experience any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, they should seek medical advice or call Nurse-on-Call on 1300 606 024.”
“There are strict guidelines in place to ensure burns are conducted as safely as possible. The threat from a major bushfire is much worse than the risks of planned burning, and with careful planning and management few burns cause problems.”
“We thank the community for their patience as we progress with this important work whenever we can to reduce the risk of bushfires to people, property and communities,” Mr White said.
The Victorian Government is mindful of the effect smoke has had on communities in the Latrobe Valley.
Planned burning will be carefully managed to minimise impacts in this area.
For more information on where planned burns are scheduled, go to www.depi.vic.gov.au/burnsmap or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667.