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Grampians Planned Burns
5:01:04 PM
Below is some advice on the burning program in the Grampians this autumn.
*post-edit* just amended the title to avoid discussing the concept of "controlled" burns.
The interactive map on this link (I've had to stick a space in the url between "." and "jsp" so that it would accept - you'll have to copy and paste the link and remove the space) : jsp?site=fireplan

lets you drill in to see what areas are planned to be burned. The dark purple areas are the current ones. The two main areas that affect us are the Fortress-Mt Thackeray and the area north of Goat Track.

People should keep an eye on the Parks website to see when burns are going to happen - there won't be a lot of notice as it's very dependent on conditions.

Grampians National Park Planned Burn Program 2012

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria will be commencing its autumn planned burning program in the Grampians National Park during April and May. Planned burns have been scheduled a little later this year because of the dryer weather conditions we have experienced locally.

In line with the Wimmera Fire Operations Plan released last September; DSE and Parks Victoria intend to conduct seven separate burns in the Grampians area. Planned burning is part of an integrated plan to reduce the bushfire risk to people, property and communities. Please see the attached map of the Grampians that provides all planned burns for this autumn.

Favourable weather conditions largely influence when particular planned burns go ahead. The final decision around planned burning will be made on the day of the burn and this will be based on the results from the monitoring of the ground and weather conditions. Where possible, DSE and Parks Victoria will provide notification prior to each burn, but it is your responsibility to check the DSE website regularly for planned burns information.

During the burning program, there will be some short term closures of roads, visitor sites and walking tracks for public safety. The burn areas will stay closed until they are classified as safe. This may be up to a week after a burn. If you are planning a camping or walking trip, it is important that you plan an alternative route in case you need to change your trip at short notice.

Some of the areas that will be impacted by closures this planned burning season include:
All walking tracks and access within the Victoria Range (including Manja Shelter, the Fortress, Mt Thackeray, Goat Track and
Victoria Range Track)
Access to the Red Rock area including all climbing sites
The walking track from Plantation to Mt Difficult, Boronia Walking Track
Terraces Track to Tandara Road and the Griffin Picnic ground

To find out where and when planned burns are happening visit, call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 or listen to your local radio station.

Information is also available at and for information about fire restrictions, fire bans and fires on private land at

For further information on the Wimmera Planned Burns program contact the Horsham DSE Fire Operations Room on 5362 0720 or visit

For park information regarding current track and site closures, call in to Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap or call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit

9:06:35 AM
Despite all the signs, new gates etc that were apparent in the Victoria Range over Easter, it looks like the planned burning isn't starting this week.
The DSE website hasn't got any Grampians areas in the current list and no relevant road closures on the Parks Vic site

Organ Pipe
10:19:51 AM
Hey kieranl,

I've been keeping an eye on the Victoria Range plan this week too.

The signs and new Gate??? Can you elaborate?

Is there a new gate at the beginning of the seasonal 4WD track (Victoria Range Road)?

And is it open?

The DSE website says it's open (last update I saw was from Sunday 15th April).

10:37:36 AM
The new gate I was referring to is on the Emus Foot (Eureka) track. It was put there just before Easter but wasn't closed. Along with all the signs being splashed around Parks/DSE are obviously gearing up for the burning period.
An interesting complication would be if Parks staff decide to take industrial action in support of their current pay claim and refuse to supervise the burning. While DSE do the actual burns, within the National Park it has to be supervised (might not be correct term) by Parks staff.
10:11:22 AM
Vic Range burns unlikely to happen this weekend due to low fuel moisture.
The gates will be closed before the burning commences,There will be some issues witj trees if burning takes place along road a nd track edges which may limit access for a while.
On the positive side, once it is completed there will be many many years before it will happen again.
4:39:25 PM
There's a burn planned for tomorrow, Friday 27th April, at Boronia Peak just east of Halls Gap. The Terraces fireline along the east side of Fyans creek will be closed between Delly's bridge and Tandara road from tomorrow until the burn area is declared safe.
This might effect you if you have any climbing plans for the hillside east of Halls Gap on Saturday.
5:02:50 PM
Just got an email from Parks saying that this burn is continuing tomorrow, Saturday 28th.

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