Planned burn success on Mount Van Dyke

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Prescribed burning plays a major role in vegetation regeneration, and in conjunction with partner agencies, Lyons Fire Brigade achieved a great outcome on Mount Van Dyke.


It's vital for CFA to form partnerships within a community so that we can provide the best possible solutions for our community partners. Working with Nature Glenelg Trust, Lyons Fire Brigade conducted a prescribed burn on Mount Van Dyke which removed introduced grasses and reintroduced native grasses. 

The prescribed burn was attended by many agencies and personnel including Forest Fire Management Victoria crews, Parks Victoria crews, Nelson brigade, Cape Bridgewater brigade, Cashmore brigade, Heywood Group Officer Darren Hogan, Community Safety employees, Commander Terry Heafield and Nature Glenelg Trust employees.  

The burn was planned by Vegetation Officer Tanya Nagorka in conjunction with Nature Glenelg Trust and Lyons brigade. Lyons Captain Greg Free was the Planned Burn Operations Officer and undertook a methodical approach to ignition patterns to ensure fire behaviour was kept under control in the face of constant wind changes.

The burning process is part of a larger scale plan for Nature Glenelg Trust for the introduction of native grasses. Biomass removal and lowering nutrient levels will be required before establishing native grasses and burning is one of the main tools.

The well-established fire breaks and the approximately 25 people who attended ensured that the burn was successful. It was also an opportunity for people to take on new roles.

The coordination and contribution by all involved showed that outcomes can be achieved that benefit landowners and agencies.


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Submitted by Terry Heafield