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Planned burns scheduled near Lorne

April 7, 2016 BY

THE Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has announced it has scheduled autumn planned burning in the Otways to start from early this week, weather permitting.
The burns near Lorne include a 299-hectare burn at Five Mile Track about two kilometres north-west of Lorne, and a 46-hectare burn one kilometre west of the town.
DELWP Otway District manager David Rourke said the burns were an integral part of a local plan prepared in consultation with communities and communities.
“It is vital that we take every opportunity to complete these burns whenever conditions are suitable and it is safe to do so.
“Forest Fire Management with Parks Victoria and CFA work closely with the Bureau of Meteorology and will only do planned burns when conditions such as humidity, temperature and wind speed are right.
“The Chief fire office is currently the final approver of all planned burns.
“This measure is in place as DELWP changes its approach to risk management in response to the Investigation.”
He said people may see and smell smoke around their community or near the locations they visit when DELWP started its planned burns.
“These burns are carried out by experienced on local weather conditions.
“We ask that if people see smoke and are Information Line, not triple zero. It is important triple zero is only used in case of emergency if you For more information about DELWP’s