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Dunoon Road burn at Wye River

By: Ian morrison

Category: Community Safety

  9.11 AM 27 June, 2014


Location: District 6 News

Views: 1967

A planned burn was conducted on Friday 14March on private property at Dunoon Road Wye River.

Wye River has been identified as a high-risk town in the Otways.This is the fourth burn to be conducted by CFA brigades over the past three years.

The size of the burn was five hectares of long, unburnt messmate forest. The slope of the burn varied between 20 to 35 degrees, which made the burn very complex coupled with burning within a couple of metres from the back of timber homes on the top side of the burn block.

This burn was led by Burn Controller Mike Evans with Wye River Captain Roy Moriarty and Ian Morrison. The burn took approximately seven hours to complete due to its complexities. The weather conditions were ideal for the burn with winds in the N-NW at an average of 5km, a temperature around 18 degrees and relative humidity between 42 per cent and 55 per cent during the day.

The burn was done just in time, as the weather broke the following day with around 10mm of rain and this did put a stop to further burning in this area for the season.

Brigades from Wye River, Apollo Bay, Otway, Anglesea, Barongarook, Upper Ferntree Gully, Lorne, Cororooke, Colac and HQ Staff attended the burn, with a total of 25 personnel attending.

The crews were fed lunch and dinner by Wye River brigade members.

Captain Roy Moriarty spoke about the great response from the general community about how pleased they were that the burn had been conducted and the how good the results were. This has and will lead to more people wishing to have further burning conducted on their properties over the coming years.

Also we have a joint CFA/DEPI burn planned for next season of around 130 hectares. This burn will complement the overall DEPI planned burns in this area of around 7,000 hectares over the coming years.

Job well done by all.

Last Updated: 27 June 2014