The eastern Otways look set for an increased risk of bushfire this coming fire season, with a late-season fire risk across south-west Victoria.
Emergency Management Victoria’s seasonal bushfire outlook has also warned of an increased risk of grassfire this season and late-spring drying could increase bushfire risk in the Otways in late summer.
The outlook predicts the highest risk will be across central and western Victoria in both grass and bush areas, particularly later in the season in January and February.
But Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Andrew Morrow reassured Colac district communities that Forest Fire Management Victoria officers were “continuing their ongoing work to prepare and protect Otway communities from the summer bushfire threat, in partnership with the Country Fire Authority and local councils”.
“Key factors for bushfire risk in the eastern Otway Ranges this summer include the underlying dryness in western Victoria, good autumn and winter rains, predicted late spring drying and increased grass growth,” Mr Morrow said.
“Our spring planned burn program is focused on work to protect hinterland communities of Gellibrand and Forrest and areas along the coast including Wye River,
Kennett River, and Anglesea,” he said, explaining burnoffs were already underway near Anglesea.
“We aim to achieve high rates of coverage within burn areas and will be actively patrolling where we have burnt.
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