Category Archives: Fire Management

Winter–and a backward look

So it’s been the driest June on record around much of Victoria. Castlemaine weather station recorded 7 mls of rain for the month, compared to long term average of 56 mls. The previous lowest June rainfall was 13 mls in … Continue reading

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Not all fuel ‘reductions’ are the same

What conclusions are to be drawn from the Loop Track fire? In the absence of careful and detailed pre and post burn monitoring, caution is needed. We’ve found it impossible to get from DELWP a considered opinion on the effectiveness … Continue reading

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Mmmm…not sure about this one

DELWP has been active in Kalimna Park preparing for its proposed Autumn management burn. Works include vegetation clearance on the eastern margins of the tourist road, and the creation of an earth break on the north side of the golf … Continue reading

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The impossible dream: we can have public safety without trashing the bush

Here are a few conclusions we can draw from recent meetings with DELWP fire managers in the last two weeks: The proposal to frequently burn Expedition Pass and surrounds is definitely off. It was a mapping error, and we’ll pass … Continue reading

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Let’s burn the Res! And while we’re about it, let’s burn the Loddon!

Fire management zones in our area have been revised to accommodate the new ‘risk’ system which has replaced the unlamented five per cent target. The  new zones–which are up for public comment– can be seen the map at the end … Continue reading

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Talking Fire weekend is coming up

The Muckleford Forests Friends Group has provided us with an updated program for the Talking Fire weekend: Come along to Talking Fire, 12-13 November. It’s free and you can come for the whole weekend, or drop in for a day … Continue reading

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Presentation on Bushfire at Newstead Community Centre

This Thursday (October 20) there will be a presentation, Protecting from Bushfire, Protecting our Biodiversity, at the Newstead Community Centre starting at 8 pm. All are welcome to attend. Newstead Landcare has sent us the following information on the event: As … Continue reading

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Local community conversation about fire

Understanding Fire in our Landscape: A Community Conversation is a community event being held on the weekend of the 12-13 November 2016, in Newstead. The project has been initiated by the Muckleford Forest Friends Group and based on one of the activities … Continue reading

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Fire

DELWP seems to be expanding and varying its community consultation processes on fire. A ‘listening post’ was conducted by fire officers in Castlemaine on Saturday; and last Wednesday representatives of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists toured the district with the Department’s … Continue reading

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Yes we do, no we don’t

Do we know enough about fire behaviour to justify present fuel management practices? ‘Of course we do! Our practice is informed by generations of research and experience!’ is one view. ‘No: our practices are blunt and often blind to local … Continue reading

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