Warby Range burn to protect communities

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CONTROLLED BURN: Ben Foley helps ignite the fuel reduction burn in the Warby Ovens National Park on Friday. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

AUTHORITIES say an 807 hectare fuel reduction burn in the Warby Ovens National Park on Friday and Saturday will offer valuable protection for Wangaratta, Glenrowan and Hamilton Park communities in the event of a bushfire.

More than 50 fire crew members from Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DEWLP) conducted the controlled burn on northern and western facing slopes of the Warby Range.

DEWLP regional planned burn co-ordinator Paul O’Connor said crews had focused attention on areas of the highest accumulation of fuel on the bushland floor.

“Not everything within the burn circumference is burnt,” Mr O’Connor said.

“We’ve burnt around 70 to 80 per cent around the Cellar Track and 50 to 60 per cent around Hoysted Track.

“We identified a number of grass trees which were protected from the burn.”

Mr O’Connor said the overall burn was designed to reduce fuel loads, to slow down or stop a bushfire from threatening Glenrowan, Hamilton Park or Wangaratta communities.

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