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Little Desert fuel reduction burn-off to continue

Article Category  Dimboola Courier > Ag and Environment
Date Published  Monday, March 27 2017

Little Desert fuel reduction burn-off to continue
Forest Fire Management Victoria and Parks Victoria will continue fuel reduction burns along the Southern Break of the Central Block of the Little Desert National Park tomorrow, Tuesday 18th March, weather conditions permitting.

The 115 hectare burn is taking place 13 kilometres north of Goroke.

“These edge and internal break burns are conducted along the edges and within small, defined sections of the park to create strategic firebreaks,” Wimmera Acting District Manager Glenn Rudolph said.

“Like all Mallee bush landscapes, the Little Desert National Park is particularly fire-prone.

“Potentially, large and intense wildfires can burn thousands of hectares and dramatically affect the vegetation and wildlife habitats.

“Edge break burning is designed to reduce fuel to lessen the spread and intensity of bushfires originating in the Little Desert National Park, burning wildlife habitat and escaping into surrounding agricultural communities.

“For example, one species that will benefit from this type of burning is the threatened Malleefowl, which relies on long unburnt habitat for breeding.

“Smoke from the Little Desert National Park burning program may be visible along the Wimmera Highway/Natimuk-Frances Road to the south; along Nhill-Yanac Road/Western Highway to the north; and from all surrounding townships such as Horsham, Dimboola, Nhill, Kaniva, Natimuk and Goroke.

“During planned burning, the safety of firefighters and the public is our highest priority.

“We take all possible precautions to ensure people do not enter areas where planned burns are occurring or where a planned burn has recently been conducted until the area is safe.

“Planned burns can only go ahead when weather conditions are suitable, so our plans may change.”



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