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Mitiamo brigade leads the way

By: Paul Tangey

Category: Community Safety, Planning & Research

  5.53 PM 5 June, 2013

Location: District 2 News, District 20 News

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Mitiamo brigade leads the way in autumn burning for the Loddon Mallee.

It has been a successful 2013 burn season for brigades in Districts 02 and 20 this autumn. A number of brigades that have undertaken a successful burn program this year include Elphinstone, Riddells Creek, Macedon, Woodend, Mitiamo and Echuca Village.

The standout brigade that managed to complete not only all of their planned burns for this season and also part of next seasons, were the hard working members of the Mitiamo Rural Fire Brigade.

It is a credit to the members of the brigade led by Lt Geoff Thomas and Captain Chris Cox, who took on board the task of completing sections of roadside in the Loddon Shire, near the Mitiamo township. The brigade then moved over to complete a long awaited burn on the V/Line railway land that also contained some national threatened species. As if that wasn’t enough, they then managed to complete an area of Coliban Water and VicRoads managed land that was long unburnt, containing a thick cover of grass fuels.

The Mitiamo Brigade was ably assisted by neighbouring Dingee-Tandarra Brigade. Reducing risk to the township of Mitiamo and the surrounding area, as well as addressing the need to preserve native vegetation for the future, were some key successes of the program.

The burns took many days of planning with CFA’s Vegetation Management Officer, Terry Ouroumis, with the eventual burning of areas and subsequent blacking out and patrol work needed. Feedback from members across all brigades involved in the program this year was that of a great learning opportunity and they provided invaluable experience in burning and fire behaviour.

Last Updated: 06 June 2013