FOREST Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) has completed 2700 hectares of planned burning in the Mallee to reduce bushfire risk for local communities and the environment.

Other types of fuel reduction work, meanwhile, is now planned for the coming months.

FFMVic Senior Forest Fire Management Officer, Nathan Christian, said FFMVic completed five strategic burns in Murray Sunset National Park and Wathe Flora and Fauna Reserve to reduce bushfire risk to people, property and the environment.

“Our Mallee program focused on creating a strategic network of boundary fire breaks, and internal corridors of fuel reduced areas on public land,” he said.

“The aim was to ensure the potential of large-scale bushfires, like the Ngarkat fire in 1999 and the 2002 Big Desert Fire, is significantly reduced.”

Mr Christian said that planned burning is only one way to remove fire fuels on public land to reduce bushfire risk to communities.

“Other methods used include slashing, mowing and clearing works plus creating and maintaining fuel breaks,” he said. “If conditions are suitable over the coming months, we will complete around 300kms of mulching (PICTURED) rolling and chainsaw works on public land throughout the district.

“There isn’t as much to fuel reduction work required this season due to a lack of rainfall and low growth.”

Mr Christian said that fuel management reduces the spread and intensity of bushfires which makes suppression more achievable and safer for firefighters. 

“This helps reduce the impact on community and the environment,” he said.

For more information about when planned burns are happening, visit plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au, download the Vic Emergency app or call the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.