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Prescribed burn-off at Penola

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) will undertake a prescribed burn, in Penola Conservation Park today if it is suitable weather.  The prescribed burn will start at 1pm and should be completed by 8pm.

 The burn will affect about 25ha in the north western section of the Conservation Park, 12 kilometres east of Penola.

 Smoke will be visible at Rifle Range Road, Cave Range Road and the Penola-Robe Road, and is likely to be visible for up to 48 hours.

 The DEWNR said that the burn will help reduce fuel loads in the area in order to limit the spread of bushfires in the landscape.

 The activity is unlikely to affect any roads or traffic; however access to the park will be restricted for the duration of the burn.

 The burn will be undertaken by the South Eastern Fire Co-operative, an interagency co-operative for the management of fire on Government owned land in the area.

 Crews will monitor the fire grounds until the area is declared safe.

 Fire Management Officer, Kay Richardson, said conditions are now ideal to conduct the first prescribed burn in the region as part of the spring schedule.

 “Prescribed burning on public land is a key component of fire management in the South Eastern Region and extensive hazard and risk assessments are carried out before a burn is conducted,” she said.

 “We always ensure appropriate back-up resources and fall-back positions are available in the event a prescribed burn crosses containment lines.”

Source:  DEWNR

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