Planned burns in the Grampians

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Parks Victoria crews will be conducting a series of planned burns across the Wimmera region, including the Grampians National Park.

Planned burns will be conducted in the Grampians.

Planned burns will be conducted in the Grampians.

Mild weather conditions across the region have signalled the opportunity to conduct several planned burns.

A total of five burns were planned overall this week near towns and communities and in remote areas, including the Grampians, to reduce the risk of bushfire.

There will be a burn in the Grampians today in Jimmys Creek Road. A total of 3231 hectares will be burnt, eight kilometres east of Mirranatwa in the Little Desert.

A smaller scale burn was conducted yesterday at Picaninny, three kilometres north of Dunkeld, where 195 hectares was burnt.

"Planned burning is carried out to reduce the threat of damaging bushfires to communities and the environment," DEPI Wimmera District Manager Russell Manning said.

"Planned burns are carried out near communities to help protect lives and properties and reduce the impact of bushfires on the environment.

"Strategic burns in more remote Grampians and Wimmera country reduce bushfire fuel, which will help slow bushfire spread and intensity, and make it easier for firefighters to control fires that might start in these remote areas.

"As we saw this summer, fires that started in remote areas spread into private land which is why we need to reduce bushfire fuels in remote areas and close to communities.

"By reducing the size and intensity of bushfires, less people and homes are likely to be threatened. By slowing down the spread of bushfires, people have more time to respond and evacuate, and the damage from embers, flame, radiation and fire storm conditions is reduced.

"Victoria's weather is always changing, so DEPI takes opportunities to burn when conditions are suitable. Burning is like farming, in that you have to work with the weather, and we liaise closely with the Bureau of Meteorology to decide when to burn."

Since the Royal Commission recommendations in response to Black Saturday 2009, DEPI has reduced the risk of bushfire on public land through combined effort, collaborating with Parks Victoria, emergency service organisations and Victorian communities to safeguard what people value.

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