Feedback sought on Wimmera fire plan

WIMMERA residents are being encouraged to provide feedback about the Department of Environment and Primary Industries draft fire operations plan for the Wimmera District.

Wimmera residents can provide feedback on the draft fire operations plan.

Wimmera residents can provide feedback on the draft fire operations plan.

The draft fire operations plan is on public display until August 31.

Wimmera District Manager Russell Manning said over the next month people will be able to view the plans and discuss bushfire management in their communities with DEPI and Parks Victoria.

"The plans have been developed by the local DEPI and Parks Victoria fire management teams using local knowledge of the landscape, talking with communities and sophisticated bushfire simulation technology that helps us understand the potential impact of bushfires, and the effect of fuel reduction in reducing the impact of bushfires on the things communities value.

"Local knowledge is key to building a plan to reduce bushfire risk which is why we are encouraging people to take the time and have a look at the plans and then discuss them with your local DEPI or Parks Victoria representative.

"When planning each burn, we consider the potential impacts on communities and stakeholders and we'll make changes where we can, but the decision to burn is always driven by the need to reduce the risk of damaging bushfires to human life and property."

The Fire Operations Plans outline planned burning and other fuel reduction like slashing, track works and fire break construction for the next three years. They are reviewed annually to take into account the latest knowledge.

The plans are designed to be flexible, allowing the timing of proposed activities over the three year period to change in response to factors such as the weather.

The draft fire operations plans for each region will be on display until August 31. To view the plan for your area visit your local DEPI office or Parks Victoria office or go to www.depi.vic.gov.au/burns

The plan shows that in the Grampians, crews will burn 42,438 hectares in the national park. This will increase to 56,869 hectares in 2015-16 and during the 2016-17 year, a total of 58,709 hectares will be burnt.

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