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Fire in the Gramps?

7:01:18 PM
Just driving back from Araps now and see that there appears to be a fire in the central/sthn Gramps. At
least there is a shitload of smoke coming from that area. Anyone know anything?

9:50:33 PM
Possibly (?), the same as what is happening close to Buffalo at the moment; ~> hazard reduction burns.

10:11:57 PM
i saw a sign near mt difficult saying something about controled burnings

9:21:26 AM
I thought it might be, although would have thought they'd wait for cooler weather.

11:48:54 AM
Mid 20's is half of mid 40's!
I think we will have to get used to Autumn/Spring burns more often now that attitudes have changed since the recent fires. Apparently winter burns are not as effective due being too wet and possibly winds are stronger then too...

I went for a ride again through local fire affected areas yesterday, to educate myself a bit more on fire behaviour* by checking where areas burnt hotter and piecing that with topography, wind direction, land use type, and my memory of fuel loads prior the fire. I am no expert, but even to my untrained eyes it is fairly evident that trends exist. You can see from higher locations where spot fires have started and then run with the wind, and any areas where gullies converge have definitely burnt hotter.

(*I live in a potentially fire prone area and want to be as prepared as reasonably practical for any in the future, though I recognise that some situations/circumstances are not defendable).
john s
3:56:21 PM
I got these messages today from PV:

"Weather conditions have become favourable for the Grampians National Park prescribed burning program to commence. There was a burn completed yesterday near the Halls Gap Golf course which was very successful .

Other burns planned for this week are:
Carter track burn - 553 hectares between the Mt Difficult Road and Roses Creek Road
Dunkeld burn - 71 hectares on the Dunkeld Road, North of Mt Abrupt."


"Staff have patrolled the area burnt from the prescribed burn near Halls Gap yesterday, and they have found a small patch of unburnt forest that needs burning. Crews will be burning this area today.

The wind is currently blowing from a NE direction and Halls Gap may be covered by the smoke from this burn."

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