Media Releases 2018

Posted on 29/01/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Planned burns an important part of fire management

The four key pillars of responsible and successful fire management are prevention, preparedness, response and recovery, and these are all addressed through Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Fire Management Plan and yearly Fire Operations Plan.

“One of the key strategies for fire prevention includes planned burns,” said Stefan Poll, Senior Ranger Woodlands with Phillip Island Nature Parks. “We are very keen for community members to learn about, and remain informed on our fire management practices, as well as to be kept up to date on upcoming planned burns.”

Rangers from Phillip Island Nature Parks, in conjunction with CFA and Bass Coast Shire Council, are holding a community information session in the Oswin Roberts Harbison Road carpark on Wednesday 7th Feb between 5pm and 6pm regarding a planned burn within the environmentally sensitive area of the Oswin Roberts Reserve.

“The bushfire management assessment for the Nature Parks’ woodland reserves recommended a small planned burn to create a fuel reduction buffer between Oswin Roberts Reserve, the Koala Conservation Centre and neighbouring private property. Planned burns reduce fuel loads and also serve to lower the intensity and rate of spread of a bushfire in the event that a fire starts.”

“Planned burns are just one aspect of our main fire prevention activities that also include vegetation management and slashing of strategic fuel breaks, Ranger patrols and education, and preparing firefighting vehicles to conduct first attacks on fires.”

Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Fire Management Plan and annual Fire Operations plans identify priorities for fire management including visitor and community safety, protection of life and property and the protection of wildlife habitat in accordance with Bass Coast’s Municipal Fire Management Planning Plan.

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