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Budj Bim Fire update

Budj Bim Fire update

No new fires, but the work continues

Firefighting crews have continued working to strengthen control lines including burning out small pockets of unburnt area around the Lake Surprise Crater of the Budj Bim National Park.

Assessments are currently being done to ensure all Hazardous Trees are identified and treated on the control lines as well as the road and walking track networks. This will allow crews to work safely on the fire edge where they will be using hose lines and water to fully extinguish all fire and embers within 30 meters of the fire edge.

The fire has burnt cleanly through the Budj Bim park and there are no significant pockets of unburnt fuel within the control lines which are expected to pose any problems to firefighters in the coming days or weeks.

As soon as it is safe to do so Wildlife assessments will be conducted throughout the Park. Since there has been no significant crown scorch it is expected that the impact on the koala population may not be as bad as first thought.

Where there were no hard control lines built the fire has burnt into swamps and water bodies which also assisted in minimising the mechanical footprint used on the fire. The World Heritage listing of the Budj Bim park has been at front of mind in the management of this fire and the Traditional Owners have been consulted regularly.

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The Incident Control Centre will be utilising Aerial Information Gathering (AIG) helicopters and Infrared Line Scans as required to continue to monitor hot spots. As these are identified they will be assessed and treated, as required, to ensure no new fires are started. Rehabilitation assessments for the control lines, roads and walking tracks are currently being done with plans being developed to commence rehabilitation as soon as it is safe and prudent to do so.

There will be crews on this fire, either actively firefighting or patrolling for at least the next 2 to 4
weeks or until there is significant rainfall.

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