Fire authorities work together on planned burning

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Midlands District hosted its autumn burning pre-season interagency briefing with CFA and local government partners in Ballarat earlier.

Midlands District Manager Jasmine Filmer said: “With planned burning for autumn 2017 already underway in some parts of the State, the focus of this event was on ‘working together’ to implement coordinated programs that reduce bushfire risk on public and private land across the Midlands,” Ms Filmer said.

“The predicted weather conditions suggest that this autumn will provide great opportunities to significantly reduce the bushfire risk to local communities and the environment.

“Forest Fire Management Victoria and CFA will concentrate on burns and other fuel reduction works that target priority fuel management areas such as Trentham, Hepburn and Daylesford, Ballarat, Smythesdale and Beaufort.

“Working with our CFA and local government partners is a vital part of the planned burning program to make sure that we are managing bushfire risk together to deliver maximum benefit to the community.

“The result of this partnership is a tailored program that reduces the bushfire risk faced by our communities and environment regardless of the location or land tenure.

“Our cooperative approach makes use of sophisticated bushfire simulation modelling, and localised knowledge from fire and environment experts as well as community groups.

“This has allowed us to identify and better understand that these are the areas where bushfire risk is greatest.

“Increasing cooperation with other agencies is part of our ‘Safer Together’ approach, which helps us measure how effective our fuel management activities are, not just how much we have burned.

“By working together we combine a range of expertise that will benefit the planned burning program, the community, and the environment.”