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Little Desert Fire Conference leads planning for fire season

Article Category  Ag and Environment
Date Published  Friday, September 14 2018
Photo  Photo source: FFMVic

Little Desert Fire Conference leads planning for fire season
Forest Fire Management Victoria Wimmera District hosted its 47th annual Little Desert Fire Conference on Thursday.

The conference was held at the Goroke Football Club and provided involved agencies to meet ahead of the upcoming fire season.

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Wimmera District Manager, Glenn Rudolph, said that the conference works to strengthen partnerships.

“The Little Desert Fire Conference provides the opportunity to strengthen multi-agency partnerships and share knowledge and ideas before we head into what is shaping up to be a demanding Spring planned burning program, and an early and active fire season.

“Along with our key partners including Parks Victoria, Country Fire Authority (CFA), Emergency Management Victoria, Catchment Management Authorities, local government and traditional owners, we reviewed our joint fuel management planning for the Little Desert National Park, West Wimmera, and Mt Arapiles/Tooan State Park across private and public land,” Mr Rudolph said.

“Strategic fuel management planning brings together land and fire managers, communities and stakeholders to develop a common understanding of bushfire risk within the landscape and a common plan for reducing it using techniques such as planned burning, clearing, mulching and slashing.

“Our multi-agency Safer Together program provides an integrated approach to planning and delivery of effective bushfire risk reduction on public and private land in Victoria.

“The fire conference concluded with a practical evaluation of landscape recovery following recent fires of variable age within the Little Desert.

“We’re also asking for community feedback to assist in the development of future bushfire management strategies that reduce the risk to the things people value most. The community are encouraged to have their say at engage.vic.gov.au/bushfire-planning.



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