SMOKE may be visible in Bendigo, Malmsbury and Eaglehawk with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries conducting green waste burns this week.
DEPI Loddon Mallee regional manager public land Adam Melis said crews would remove gorse, willow, ash and cotoneaster from water courses and burn the piles.
He said residents should not be alarmed.
"This work around local creeks improves habitat, diversity of plant species, water flow and appearance," he said.
Mr Melis said when conditions became favourable staff would burn the piles of green waste.
For information about the work contact DEPI environmental planning manager Calum Walker 136 186.