Residents around Melbourne’s northern suburbs may see smoke in the air this afternoon (Monday 29 June) as CFA firefighters carry out a fuel reduction burn on a 10-hectare property at South Morang.
The burn will be conducted between 1pm and 4pm at a private property is between Regent St, Mernda, and Quarry Hills Park, South Morang.
Vegetation Management Officer Stephen Hull said that fuel reduction burns conducted during the cooler months were one of the most effective methods available to lessen bushfire risk.
“As a result of the work we are doing today, any bushfire that goes through the area in future will burn with far less speed and intensity – making it more manageable for firefighters and less likely to impact life and property.
“Planned burning also helps the environment, and many species of plants and animals have come to depend on fire to survive.”
Mr Hull said landholders with large areas of bushland occasionally sought assistance or advice from CFA to reduce the fuel on their properties.
The Department of Land, Environment, Water, Land and Planning is responsible for planned burning on public land.
People with asthma, or other heart or other lung conditions that make them susceptible to the effects of smoke are advised to consider staying indoors, reducing their exercise, taking their medications and following their asthma plan. Those experiencing symptoms should seek medical advice or contact Nurse-On-Call on 1300 606 024.
Local roads or other services will not be affected.
Author: CFA News