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The location and boundaries of planned burn/worksites shown on the attached maps are only approximate and indicative. The precise boundary of any planned burn will be identified on site by DSE before operations begin.

Published by the Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment

Melbourne, September 2012
ISBN 978-1-74287-638-2 (print)

ISBN 978-1-74287-639-9 (online)


© The State of Victoria Department of Sustainability and Environment 2011

This publication is copyright. No part may be reproduced by any process except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968.


Authorised by the Victorian Government, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne.

For more information contact the DSE Customer Service Centre 136 186.

Disclaimer

This publication may be of assistance to you but the State of Victoria and its employees do not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in this publication.


www.dse.vic.gov.au

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Regional Director’s Foreword 4

Fire Operations Plan 4

Summary of 2011/12 5

How to send us your comments on the Fire Operations Plan 5

How to read the Fire Operations Plan 6

Information provided on District schedules 6

FAR SOUTH WEST DISTRICT 7

SCHEDULE 1: Planned Burns 7

SCHEDULE 2: Non-Burn Works Program 16

SCHEDULE 3: Strategic Fuelbreaks 17

SCHEDULE 4: Fire Infrastructure Management 18

OTWAY DISTRICT 19

SCHEDULE 1: Planned Burns 19

SCHEDULE 2: Non-Burn Works Program 30

SCHEDULE 3: Strategic Fuelbreaks 31

SCHEDULE 4: Fire Infrastructure Management 32

MIDLANDS DISTRICT 33

SCHEDULE 1: Planned Burns 33

43

SCHEDULE 2: Non-Burn Works Program 45

SCHEDULE 3: Strategic Fuelbreaks 46

46

SCHEDULE 4: Fire Infrastructure Management 47

WIMMERA DISTRICT 48

SCHEDULE 1: Planned Burns 48

SCHEDULE 2: Non-Burn Works Program 59

SCHEDULE 3: Strategic Fuelbreaks 60

SCHEDULE 4: Fire Infrastructure Management 61

SOUTH WEST REGION SCHEDULES 62

SCHEDULE 5: Planned Burn Areas Declared as Public Safety Zones 62

SCHEDULE 6: Reference Areas 63

SCHEDULE 7: Amendments to Fire Management Zones 64




Regional Director’s Foreword


Following the Victoria Bushfire Royal Commission (2009), the Victorian Government committed to an increased planned burning program on public land to reduce fuel loads to help protect the community and environment from the impact of bushfires.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria are responsible for undertaking planned burns on public land.

Each year DSE prepares three-year Fire Operations Plans to identify where planned burning and other fire prevention works will be undertaken on public land.

The Fire Operations Plan, which applies to land managed by DSE and Parks Victoria, shows proposed activities such as:



  • planned burns;

  • slashing, mowing, mulching and scrub clearing activities; and

  • works to maintain existing fuelbreaks.

Each Plan is prepared in consultation with communities, local councils, key stakeholders, Parks Victoria, CFA and technical specialists within DSE.

DSE also works with interest groups and the wider community to understand how planned burns may impact people and industries and to gain important local knowledge to better plan burns.

The Fire Operations Plan has been made available for viewing at the locations listed on page 3 of this document.

Laurie Dwyer, Regional Director, South West Region

Fire Operations Plan


This document contains the fire prevention and preparedness works to be delivered for the period 2012/13 to 2014/15 within the South West Region.

This Plan covers all public land including all national parks, State parks and regional parks and all State forests. Numerous other small reserves and Crown land are also included.

The area covered by this Plan is shown in Map 1.

The Plan is prepared, and will be implemented, in accordance with the Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land, Fire Management Manual 2.1: Fire Operations Planning and other relevant DSE Instructions, Manuals and Guidelines.

The Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land has just been reviewed. To access a copy of the Code, visit www.dse.vic.gov.au, DSE Home > Fire & Other Emergencies > Publications & Research. The Code establishes a framework for bushfire management (including planned burning and bushfire response) on Victoria's public land. The objectives for the fire management zones are outlined in the Code and form the basis of this Fire Operations Plan.

It should be noted that burns associated with logging regeneration as well as small heap and grass burns are not included in the Fire Operation Planning process. The locations of strategic fuelbreaks are included for information only. These activities are approved via other DSE and Parks Victoria processes.



Map 1: South West Region


Summary of 2011/12



Bushfires – 2011/12

The fire season for the South West Region saw 96 fires which is significantly lower than the 30 year average of 167 fires. This is a reflection of the wetter and cooler conditions experienced across much of the Region.


Planned burning achievements – 2011/12

During 2011/12, 135 burns were conducted, treating an area of 33, 870 hectares.



Planned burns for 2012/13 – 2014/15

This Fire Operations Plan includes 390 fuel reduction, ecological and other burns with a total planned area of 154,197 ha to be delivered over the three years.



Viewing the Fire Operations Plan

Viewing the Plan online:

You can also view planned burns and other works in the Plan online through an online interactive map, downloadable PDF maps and planned burn lists at:




  • www.dse.vic.gov.au, Fire & Other Emergencies, Planned Burns and then select Fire Operations Plans.


Office locations for viewing the Plan:

The Plan can also be viewed during normal business hours at the following locations:



Location

Address

Grains Innovation Park (DPI/DSE)

110 Natimuk Road, Horsham

Heywood DSE

12 Murray Street, Heywood

Colac

83 Gellibrand St, Colac 3250

Sebastopol

25 Vickers St, Sebastopol 3356



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