As the cooler weather sets in, expect to see smoke in the sky due to planned burns.
Above-average rainfall and mild temperatures have provided favourable conditions for Forest Fire Management Victoria to ramp up planned burning into Autumn.
"FFMVic conducts planned burns based on the conditions rather than the seasons, which can see us burning at any time throughout the year," Hume deputy chief fire officer Aaron Kennedy said.
"Above average rainfall and cooler temperatures during summer has resulted in areas of public land being suitable for planned burning."
Weather permitting, FFMVic plans to ignite approximately 94 burns totalling more than 70,000 hectares across the North East this year to reduce the impact of bushfires.
"We understand that smoke from these burns may cause concern, but we are taking every opportunity to burn while conditions allow and it is safe to do so," Mr Kennedy said.
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"We have also been undertaking other fuel management activities including slashing and mulching works, and creating and maintaining fuel breaks."
Crews are adhering to appropriate physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure operations are carried out safely.
For the latest information about when and where planned burns are happening visit www.vic.gov.au/plannedburns or call 1800 226 226.
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