Over more than 1,000 hectares
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) has begun a series of planned burns to reduce the risk of large-scale bushfires around Casterton and surrounding communities.
Aircraft, heavy machinery and more than 100 firefighters will be involved in the planned burning which is expected to cover more than 1,000 hectares in forest and heath areas in the coming days.
Planned burning has begun near Lake Mundi today (April 28), and weather permitting, further planned burns will be ignited north of Casterton around Lake Mundi, Dergholm and Chetwynd.
FFMVic is planning for crews to then move south, igniting planned burns around Digby and Hotspur before forecast rain moves across the region next week.
All the planned burns aim to reduce the risk of large-scale bushfire with many having the dual purpose of treating the infestation of pine saplings, which are an invasive weed in local native forests.