CLEAR Lake's fairy grass problem might subside temporarily after Forest Fire Management Victoria started a control burn of the Clear Lake lake bed.
The burn-off started on April 12 and will end on April 19, with the Country Fire Authority assisting.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Wimmera acting district manager Malcolm Gibson said the objective of the burn was to control the spread of fairy grass throughout Clear Lake.
Parks Victoria describes fairy grass as "a native blown grass which colonises in damp, bare areas and germinates as soon as temperature and moisture levels are suitable".
Fairy grass grows inside the lake and around the Clear Lake Reserve, and blows out onto neighbouring properties and farms.
Clear Lake residents raised concerns regarding the fairy grass problem in February after a house was destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Clear Lake is home to about 40 residents and the town has faced problems with fairy grass since the late 1980s.
Residents have repeatedly requested a burn-off of the lake bed in hopes it would subside the fairy grass problem.
In November 2018, Parks Victoria did an assessment of the problem and slashed fairy grass at Clear Lake.
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