Hallston planned burn review completed
6 June 2013
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) has completed a review into the planned burn that breached control lines at Hallston near Mirboo North in Gippsland on 26th March.
The review looked at what happened and why, and what needs to change to reduce the likelihood of this happening again.
The review found that while a risk assessment of the burn was undertaken prior to it being lit and it was conducted within the required prescriptions, it was carried out in marginal conditions in an area with high fuel loads.
It also found more strategic consideration should be given to the scheduling of planned burns and the timing of other adjacent burns, and nearby fuel hazards.
In summary the review found a broader analysis of the specific risks involved before, during and after the burn must be carried out, and those risks are communicated thoroughly to the people involved in the burn at all levels.
With careful planning, preparation and management few burns cause problems, but planned burning will always have risks. However less than two per cent of burns breach control lines.
DEPI understands that the resulting bushfire was concerning to the community and this review of events to examined how processes can be improved.
DEPI is meeting with neighbouring landholders to report on the main outcomes of the review.
Actions have been developed based on the outcomes of this review which will now be implemented at both a local and a state level.
Significant work has been carried out to assist affected landholders with recovery. This recovery work commenced as soon as it was safe to do so on Thursday 28 March.
All the damaged fence lines have been removed and the fencing repairs are being completed. Rehabilitation of control lines and resowing of control lines on private property is underway. Local crews have helped feed stock and replaced 100 round bales of hay.