Category Archives: Fire Management

OK, we have some facts: what do we do with them?

A disappointing feature of the ARI gathering was the disconnect between the findings and any possible management implications. Several questions aiming to find a practical response to the research were batted away. It’s very obvious that there are in fact … Continue reading

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Fires and misfires 1: how does a planned burn happen?

DELWP fire officers had two info sessions in this region last month to brief residents about the upcoming fire season, and planned burning operations. To see where these burns are taking place on the Department of Environment’s interactive map, click … Continue reading

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Fires and misfires 2: don’t be put off

In spite of these gloomy considerations, fire managers can point to some significant advances over past practices. Community consultation and information is certainly taken more seriously than it was 15 years ago. And the cautious reintroduction of indigenous burning to … Continue reading

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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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