Tunnel Hill is set to go

DELWP is about to conduct its Tunnel Hill management burn (CAS 073), in the area bounded by Railway Dam road, Fryers Ridge Road and Tunnel Hill track. You can find an interactive map of the area here.

In the zone, near the Railway Dam road: the stuff in the foreground is rich litter habitat…or dangerous fuel…or both: choices about how to regard this kind of landscape govern approaches to fire safety and forest health.

The fire zone is a particularly interesting part of the Fryers Forest. It includes the interpreted Junction Walk established by the Department some years ago, and is popular with free campers.

The intention of this exercise is to ‘To develop fuel reduced areas of sufficient width and continuity to reduce the speed and intensity of bushfires.’ Ecological concerns are definitely in the background. We’ll see if they feature at all. The preliminary tree clearance is not a hopeful sign.

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