PERFECT autumn weather has enabled the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to conduct more than 20,000 hectares of planned burns within the Alpine Shire since late February.
DELWP Ovens fire and land district manager Jarrod Hayse said the planned burns couldn’t have gone any better this year, and he was thrilled so much was accomplished.
“We’ve managed to get some high value burns done this year around Harrietville and Apex Hill in Bright,” he said.
“Last year we weren’t able to have a planned burns program as the wet weather shut us down, but this year the autumn weather has given us the perfect opportunity to get into the planned burn program and we’ve exceeded our annual target.
“We were really pleased that we have been able to work with tourism operators and vignerons, so the smoke doesn’t affect them too much, but from what we’ve heard this year’s been a really good one for grapes.
“We need to have those tough conversations as we need to mutually exist and each deliver what we need to, so it’s good that we’ve been able to do so much this year, without the smoke affecting too many people.”