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Burn offs ramp up as fire restrictions ease

April 19, 2024 10:07 am in by

Hundreds of Victorians are taking the opportunity to undertake private burn-offs as fire restrictions continue to ease across the state.

CFA and partner agencies will be making the most of cooler autumn conditions to conduct fuel reduction burns to lower bushfire risk for communities, while farmers and private landholders will capitalise on favourable temperatures to ignite stubble burns on their properties.

Over the weekend, wind conditions will prevent smoke from dispersing, with smoke expected to linger over parts of regional Victoria into next week.

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CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said although CFA and Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMV) work closely with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Bureau of Meteorology to keep smoke impact as low as practically possible, smoke in our regional and rural areas can come from a number of sources.

Landowners are urged to continue registering their burn-offs at www.firepermits.vic.gov.au so that if someone reports smoke to Triple Zero, the incident will be cross-checked on the register.

For the latest information about when and where planned burns are occurring near you, residents are encouraged to sign up to Planned Burns Victoria at www.plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au and download the App.

Image: https://pixabay.com/photos/fire-firefighter-turn-off-burns-3579439/

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