Planned burn at Hoskins Lane, Violet Town
Volunteers from across the North East have come together to deliver fuel reduction burns in Longwood, Violet Town, Ruffy, Allans Flat and Tallangatta ahead of what is expected to be a busy fire season with increased rainfall resulting in large amounts of grass growth.
With the support of local brigades—and the first successful spring deployment of the statewide Planned Burn Taskforce (with crews from as far as Rowville and Belgrave)—these burns were completed safely and successfully.
The burns aimed to reduce the amount of surface fuels adjacent to key assets such as houses, crops, recreational reserves, CFA water tanks, major rail lines and major roads, reducing the likelihood of ignition and the speed and intensity of any fires moving into the treated areas. This makes suppression easier, decreases the amount of spotting and reduces the amount of radiant heat affecting key infrastructure—meaning these burns are a vital tool for keeping communities safe during the fire season.
Members of the North East Vegetation Management Team (VMO Mitch Emmett, VMO Phil Browne and VMSO Joshua Hodges) would like to thank all the brigades and volunteers who turned out for these burns.
The burn at Violet Town was completed on the International Day of Volunteers. The success of these treatments is testament to the hard work and dedication of local volunteer firefighters—without which these burns would not go ahead.
More burns are planned across the North East in the coming weeks in Longwood, Talgarno, Rutherglen and Mansfield Shire.