Fuel reduction burns in Maryborough, Whipstick

RELATED: Planned burns to be held this week

SMOKE might be visible in the vicinity of Maryborough and Whipstick from tomorrow, with fuel reduction burns planned.

Weather conditions permitting, Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Country Fire Authority will be conducting burns in the Greater Bendigo National Park and the Craigie State Forest. 

The Greater Bendigo National Park fuel reduction burn will encompass 779 hectares in the area of Brights Lane in Whipstick, 13 kilometres north of Bendigo.

The fuel reduction burn in the Craigie State Forest will be 359 hectares in size and will be in the vicinity of the Centenary Reservoir, 2.5 kilometres south of Maryborough.

The burns should be ignited on Wednesday and complete by Sunday.

Smoke might be visible from Huntly, Eaglehawk, Maiden Gully, Long Gully, Bendigo, Maryborough and Daisy Hill.

Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Country Fire Authority have issued the following advice: 

What to do about:

SMOKE

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health and Human Services advises that you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • Close windows and doors to prevent smoke from entering.

ROADS

  • Road travel may be hazardous due to low visibility associated with smoke.
  • Signs may be in place to slow traffic. Obey all traffic signs and instructions from fire agency crews near the burn.
  • For travel times and road works check http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au 

ACCESS TO FOREST/PARK RECREATION SITES

  • Be aware of planned burns happening in your local area and stay clear of areas where burns are taking place or areas that have recently been burnt.
  • Access to walking tracks, car parks, camping grounds and picnic sites in areas close to or in burn areas may be restricted.
  • For parks closures, please refer to Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/ 

Stay informed about Planned Burning

  • Visit the planned burning website at vic.gov.au/plannedburn  
  • Call the VicEmergency Hotline on freecall 1800 226 226
  • Visit VicEmergency website www.emergency.vic.gov.au 
  • Download the Vic Emergency app
  • Sign up for automated notifications about planned burns near you via www.delwp.vic.gov.au/pbns
  • Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677. 
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