THE ignition of a 273-hectare Black Springs planned burn on Thursday in the Warby Range brings to an end the priority burns planned for the local area this autumn.
Rainfall last weekend and relatively milder temperatures since enabled Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMV) crews take the preventative action according to senior forest fire management officer, Goulburn region, Brendan Purcell.
“We’ve conducted some small asset protection burns but we needed more moisture to be able to conduct a larger burn,” Mr Purcell said.
“This the fifth burn in the Wangaratta area and this will complete our planned priority burns for the season.”
Around 25 to 30 FFMV personnel, made up of Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria crews as well as a management team were involved in the burn, alongside three tankers and nine ultra-light tankers.