Planned Burns

The Shire conducts planned burns to help protect life, property and the environment from the threat of bushfire and to maintain the health of plants and animals that have become dependent on fire to survive.  It also assists the natural landscape in increasing ecological values and diversity.

For safety reasons community members are reminded to please keep out of burnt areas.

As the areas begin to regenerate the Shire’s Fire Management team will be working in the reserves to undertake post-burn weed management.

What to do

  • If you have respiratory issues stay indoors. If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse On Call 1300 606 024.
  • Avoid driving into the burn area. There will be fire trucks, heavy machinery and smoke which together could create dangerous driving conditions. 

Staying informed

Information on planned burns in Victoria is available through the VicEmergency Hotline on free call 1800 226 226 or Forest Fire Management Victoria Bushfire fuel and risk management page.

Should you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact Katie McKenzie, Mornington Peninsula Shire Municipal Fire Prevention Officer 5950 1050. 

Planned Burn Advice - Mount Martha Park(PDF, 209KB)

Further information

Mornington Peninsula Shire plans and delivers fuel reduction and ecological burns across the peninsula.

There is a lot to consider when identifying sites for planned burning – fire history, burn suitability, post-fire recovery, the possible regeneration of weed species, direct impacts on user groups and risk to private property or assets. A comprehensive planning process captures valuable information about each site and includes an assessment of fuel hazards, landscape context, fire ecology, burn history, flora, fauna, cultural environmental values, infrastructure, community values and surrounding land use.

Generally, planned burns set out to achieve both fuel management and ecological outcomes. While we are looking at reducing fuel within reserves, we also aim to stimulate the regeneration of fire dependent species such as Eucalypts and restore or maintain typical vegetation structure for specific vegetation types. We also aim to reduce environmental weeds, and carry out follow up weed control in burn sites.

The collaborative burn planning process and delivery of on-ground fuel management work complements the enormous amount of fuel reduction and bushland management work that regularly occurs in more than 250 Shire-managed reserves across the peninsula.  View our fuel management maps.