Fuel Reduction Burn – Maughan Road

The is currently a fuel reduction burn scheduled for Autumn 2019 for land located in the vicinity of Maughan Road, Moon Street, Station Street, Claremont Street, Wooralla Drive, and Emil Madsen Reserve.

The fuel reduction burn will be conducted by CFA in conjunction with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

CFA brigades conduct planned burning which reduce fuels to minimise the impact and spread of bushfire.

A planned burn is the controlled use of fire under carefully managed conditions to reduce fuel such as dead wood, leaf litter, bark and shrubs.

Why do a planned fuel reduction burn

  • Reduced fuel decreases the impact of bushfire by lowering the intensity of a bushfire.  Low intensity makes it easier for fire-fighters to control a bushfire.
  • Fuel reduction is conducted at a board scale remote from settlements to reduce embers that on bad fire days start new fires some distance away from the main fire (up to 36 kilometres).  This fuel reduction slows the rate of spread of a bushfire.  It also increases the likelihood of suppression at the early stage of a bushfire.
  • Fuel reduction within 150 metres of a house significantly increases the likelihood of house survival by mimimising the impact of radiant heat and ember attack.
  • Burning is also used by land managers to maintain the health of plants and ecosystems that need fire. For more information on fire and ecology read the topic Sustainable Fire Management.
  • Under severe bushfire conditions the effectiveness of planned burning reduces and the risk to life and property increases. Community members should prepare and maintain their property and manage vegetation to help reduce the risk around their homes and assets and act on their personal bushfire survival plan.

How and when is a planned fuel reduction burn done?

A planned burn is conducted under specified weather conditions by trained fire-fighters using specific lighting patterns and resources to meet burn objectives.

Planned burning can only be done in very mild and stable weather conditions. These conditions occur in a narrow weather window of five to eight weeks a year in spring and autumn.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

For more information about CFA planned fuel reduction burns, please contact:

District 8 Vegetation Management
Address: Building G Level 2 45 Assembly Drive Dandenong South, VIC 3175
Postal: Same as above address
Phone: (03) 9767 1800
Fax: (03) 9767 1880

 

FAQ’s About The Upcoming Fuel Reduction Burn

Question: When is the burn going to take place?

Answer: At this stage, a date has not been set. It will likely occur in Autumn 2019 or be postponed until 2020.

 

Question: How much notice will be given to residence?

Answer: CFA and Mt Eliza Fire Brigade have already conducted a number letter drops and information sessions to residence in the immediate area. When the date of the burn has been confirmed, residents will be informed by mail and door knock will take place the day of the burn

 

Question: Once the date has been confirmed, is it guaranteed the burn will commence?

Answer: No. There are a number of conditions and factors that are taken into account that can only be confirmed on the day of the burn. If these conditions and factors are not met, the burn will not proceed.

 

Question: How long will the burn last?

Answer: The burn is expected to last a number of days while fire crews extinguish any hot spots.

 

Question: Will I be able to enter and exit my property during the burn?

Answer: Traffic Management will be in place for surrounding roads. Residents will be able to access their property, but it is advised to plan ahead as there may be delays.