Planned burns in Victoria cost $275m, but still fall short

Planned burns in Victoria cost $275m, but still fall short

13 July 2017

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Australia –  VICTORIA spent $275 million on planned burns in 2015-16.

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning this week released its report into reducing fire risk on public land for the fire season, which included the Lancefield fire.

In October 2015 that prescribed burn breached containment lines and burned more than 3000ha, destroying private dwellings, sheds and fences.

The report showed a fuel reduction target of 275,000ha was not met, with the actual fuel-reduced area at 204,915ha, or 73 per cent of the fuel reduction target.

The report showed fire management by DELWP cost $275 million.

“Of this, direct fuel management costs were $44.3 million and indirect fuel management costs $88.9 million,” the report said.

“Costs under the program for activities other than fuel management (such as fire suppression) were $141.8 million.”

Chief fire officer Stephanie Rotarangi described the planned burning season was challenging.

Thanks to new initiatives and hard work by staff, 197,940ha had been treated, which contributed to about a 30 per cent reduction of bushfire risk for Victoria, she said.

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