WIMMERA emergency services are in the midst of preparing for fire danger season.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Wimmera District hosted its annual Little Desert Fire Conference last week.
Wimmera District manager Glenn Rudolph said the meeting provided emergency services the chance to discuss action plans heading into the season.
“The Little Desert Fire Conference provides the opportunity to strengthen multi-agency partnerships and share knowledge and ideas before we head into what is shaping up to be a demanding Spring planned burning program, and an early and active fire season,” he said.
“Along with our key partners including Parks Victoria, Country Fire Authority, Emergency Management Victoria, Catchment Management Authorities, local government and traditional owners, we reviewed our joint fuel management planning for the Little Desert National Park, West Wimmera, and Mt Arapiles/Tooan State Park across private and public land.”
He said a number of precautions would take place heading into the danger period.
“Strategic fuel management planning brings together land and fire managers, communities and stakeholders to develop a common understanding of bushfire risk within the landscape and a common plan for reducing it using techniques such as planned burning, clearing, mulching and slashinf,” he said.
“Our multi-agency Safer Together program provides an integrated approach to planning and delivery of effective bushfire risk reduction on public and private land in Victoria.
“The fire conference concluded with a practical evaluation of landscape recovery following recent fires of variable age within the Little Desert.
“We’re also asking for community feedback to assist in the development of future bushfire management strategies that reduce the risk to the things people value most.”
The community is encouraged to have their say here.