Prescribed burns concerns dismissed

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser
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The City of Albany has dismissed some residents’ fears recent prescribed burns came too close to residential properties.

The City conducted the first burn on the reserve next to Sydney Street and North Road on Wednesday which theAlbany Advertiser understands caused some concerns with residents because of the proximity to homes.

“The established fuel age that was burned at Sydney Street was about 25 years,” Mr Jones said.

“In many cases (the fuel age) is 20-plus years but in some cases it can be up to 40 years.”

Mr Jones said by decreasing fuel loads, the risk of wildfires was greatly reduced.

“They make the community safer because increased fuel loads have been highlighted in association with some of the larger fires across other parts of WA in the past few years,” he said.

“The plans to control burning is about reducing fuel loads across the key identified reserves across the City of Albany so that fuel loads are reduced over an extended period of time.”

Mr Jones said planned burns were lit in a controlled pattern to keep the fire manageable.

“Each of the burns have detailed plans and included in these plans are preferred weather conditions, preferred lighting patterns and preferred resource requirements,” he said.

Mr Jones said residents could stay updated on future burns by checking the City of Albany website.

A second prescribed burn was conducted near the Riverview Golf Course on Saturday.

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