The Country Fire Authority has tentatively set down Thursday March 14 as the date of its planned fuel reduction burn at Dimboola's rail yards.
The burn will take place between 10am and 6pm, though District 17 operations officer Lindsay Barry said it could be moved to Friday if weather conditions were not ideal.
"The primary purpose of this planned burn is to provide a strategic break for Dimboola in the event of a fire," Mr Barry said.
"This annual strategic burn will also aid in the removal of native fairy grass that has built up due to the early summer rains."
No road closures are planned, though the CFA will be door knocking residents over the next few days.
Mr Barry urged people with athsma to stay indoors, reduce their exercise and follow their plans while the burn took place.
Burning permits available
Tuesday also marks the first day of the Fire Danger Period during which farmers can apply for permits to burn stubble.
Craig Brittain, operations manager at District 17, said many farmers and landholders would be beginning their burning program ahead of sowing this year's crop.
"Permits to burn will be available from Horsham Rural City, West Wimmera, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack shire council offices," Mr Brittain said.
"Landholders are encouraged to apply early, and that way there will be no delays in receiving permits when conditions are right to burn."
Mr Brittain also urged landowners to alert Vic Fire on 1800 668 51 when they were about to undertake burns.