On the day, the primary objective for the burn was environmental; however the future management of this 8 hectare reserve will focus on the reduction of risk posed to the ongoing housing development which will eventually surround the block.
Parks Victoria crews from Beechworth were supported by Baranduda Brigade, Wodonga Brigade and District 24 Staff.
This grassland reserve is a small part of an extensive environmental land network in and around Wodonga that is managed either by DSE, Wodonga Council or Parklands Albury-Wodonga.
The long un-burnt reserve is home to a number of large Stringybark trees which have been identified for bark hazard reduction by “candling”, to reduce the spotting risk should a wildfire occur in the area.
Conditions on the day were not conducive to a “candling” operation, however the Baranduda Brigade, in consultation with Parks Victoria, have indicated they would be interested in undertaking this type of hazard reduction work when the required conditions prevail.
While small in scale the exercise was a great example of the type of joint operations that will be more and more a part of the future of vegetation management operations.