VicForests' trained fire staff work in conjunction with Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) to safely conduct annual regeneration burns that play an important part in the re-growing of native forests.
The burning of a harvested area is one of the most visually confronting stages of the regeneration process and an image that is often circulated out of context by environmentalist activists.
Regeneration burning is undertaken in Autumn as the fire risk is low and the weather is not too wet. These burns make up around 1.7% of the overall FFMVic planned burning program.
Victoria's eucalypt forests regenerate naturally by fire and the ‘regeneration burn' is conducted to closely replicate the process which occurs in nature.
All planned burns are authorised prior to ignition by the Chief Fire Officer and are closely supervised by expert staff.
FFMVic consists of specialists staff drawn from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests. These staff work alongside CFA, other emergency services and communities across Victoria to protect people, property and the environment.
Regeneration Burns, Fire and Smoke
Please find below further information on planned coupe regeneration burns in Victoria.