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Simpson fuel reduction burn

By: Ian morrison

Category: Community Safety

  4.53 PM 22 April, 2013


Location: District 6 News

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On Tuesday 9 April  a 5-hectare fuel reduction burn was conducted in the township of Simpson.

This was a joint agency burn with CFA and Corangamite Shire. The area of the burn was particularly complex as it was in front of the Simpson Primary School, Simpson Community Centre, Simpson Sewerage Pumping Station and several homes around the burn block.

The Corangamite Shire have been wanting to burn this block for a long time as it has been several years since a fire has been in this area, and the fuel loads were into the extreme range. There were several stringy bark trees with tea trees with high surface fuels.

This burn took some 3 months to plan because there needed to be lot of consultation with the Corangamite Shire, CFA, Timboon Group, Simpson School, and the Simpson residents who all agreed this was a major hazard in the town.

The brigades that participated in the burn were Simpson, Port Campbell, Princetown, Scott’s Creek, Gellibrand and Barongarook and a total of 21 firefighters attended. Wildfire Instructor Mike Evans conducted the burn with VMO Ian Morrison& Mike took this opportunity to mentor up and coming crew leaders from these brigades during the day.

Corangamite Shires Kristy King coordinated all the door knocks to the residents and adjoining businesses as well as putting traffic management in place around the affected roads.

Simpson Captain Heath Mason was very pleased with overall result of the burn as it has been a worry for the brigade and the community for a long time.

Well done to all involved.

Last Updated: 22 April 2013