Fire – weather permitting

DSE planned burn

DSE officer sets the bush alight as part of the department's planned burn program.

A crucial planned burn last week in Anglesea was completed just before the bad weather of later in the week would have made it impossible.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria (PV) commenced their spring planned burning program in Anglesea early last week, but are awaiting a change in conditions before pursuing further burning.

Approximately three hectares of the eight-hectare planned burn at Anglesea YMCA Camp, located in East Anglesea was completed. The burn at Anglesea YMCA Camp is aimed at reducing the risk to adjacent assets from future bushfires.

A DSE spokesperson said the department was hopeful of resuming planned burns across the Surf Coast this week, but any decision to do so was contingent on the weather and the wetness of the fuel.

“We’re hoping to burn whenever we can, but we can be limited in what we do because of the conditions in these early spring months.

“We’re monitoring the situation on the ground and are flexible in where we can burn. The Otway District Fire Room said the Otway District will continue with its planned burning program this week at Anglesea on (today) Tuesday and Wednesday, at Anglesea-Scout Camp and Anglesea-Gundrys Rd,” they said.

A final decision will be made early next week. If there are any questions please contact the Otway District Fire Room, 03 52 335 565. Further information on the planned burning program can be found at the DSE website.