Forest Fire Management Victoria schedules a planned burn around Madex Track near Ararat

Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Country Fire Authority have scheduled a planned burn around Madex Track near Ararat in the Ararat Hills Regional Park.

Forest Fire Management has planned the burn operation to last between December 6 and 10.

“This burn should be completed between 0900 and 2000 hours on Wednesday,” a Forest Fire Management statement said.

“Pending weather and fuel conditions, this burn has been scheduled for ignition on Wednesday.

“The objective of this burn is to develop fuel reduced areas of sufficient width and continuity to reduce the speed and intensity of bushfires.”

Residents could be be affected by smoke from these planned burns and smoke might be visible from nearby localities and communities.

The location of the planned burn was listed as Map page 6259, GR: 686746.

Forest Fire Management Victoria has advised:

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 roadworks check http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Access to forest or 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 inburn 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 online at http://ffm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn 

Call the VicEmergency Hotline on freecall 1800 226 226 

Visit VicEmergency website www.emergency.vic.gov.au 

Sign up for automated notifications about planned burns near you via www.ffm.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.