Fuel reduction burns taking place

RESIDENTS and visitors to the Alpine Shire are reminded to expect an influx of smoke as the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) makes the most of fine weather to conduct fuel reduction burns.

Fire fighters from the DSE and Parks Victoria began burning across the state last week.

Local burns planned are:

• A 953 hectare burn at Cherry Tree Creek, 8km North West of Dederang;
• A 304 hectare burn at Harrietville (Old Coach Road);
• A 2437 hectare burn at Running Creek Plantation, 8km North East of Bright; and
• A 2605 hectare burn at Mt Ebenezer, west of Smoko.

Council’s Manager Development Services and Amenity Nick Vlahandreas said the planned burns were an important part of helping protect communities from the future risk of bushfire.

“These burns are a necessary part of living in rural areas,” he said.

“People should expect an increase of smoke in the air at this time, and take the proper precautions if necessary.

“Close the windows and doors of your home to keep the smoke out, avoid hanging washing out and take care when driving on the roads when the air is smoky.”

More information on planned burns is available at www.dse.vic.gov.au/burns.

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