As noted in a previous post, there are planned burns scheduled for Mt Arapiles. This will be occurring on Monday 15th May. Please note details below – in short Bushrangers Bluff and Campbells Kingdom will be closed and access to other climbing areas will be limited to bottom up only. Acquaint yourself with the specifics in the notes provided by Parks Victoria below.
Parks Victoria Update
Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) conduct planned burns to reduce the bushfire risk to communities and the environment. Our crews include staff from DELWP, Parks Victoria and Vic Forests and the burning will only go ahead when the weather conditions are suitable.
Two Planned Burns have been been scheduled in Autumn this year for Mount Arapiles – Tooan State Park.
|PLANNED BURNS SCHEDULED FOR AUTUMN 2017|
|Name||Location||Planned Area (ha)|
|Arapiles – Summit Road||8KM SW OF NATIMUK||120|
|Dyrrite – Wanjap||8KM WSW OF NATIMUK||9|
Monday 15 May 2017 – Arapiles – Summit Road Planned Burn
On the day of this burn Summit Road into the park will be closed, including vehicular access to walking tracks from Summit Road and the Basin Creek area west of Summit Road.
The following areas are Open:
- All climbing areas apart from Bushrangers Bluff and Campbell’s Kingdom (Note – only bottom up access to all open climbing areas as Summit road is closed)
· Natimuk Golf Links Road
· Central Gully Walking Track (bottom up access only with closure at the top)
· Pharos Gully Walking track (bottom up access only with closure at the top)
· Declaration Crag/Taylors Rock
· Mitre Rock
· The Centenary Park campground and picnic area
The following areas are CLOSED to cars and walking access:
- The Ring road around Arapiles block
· The Bushranger – Melville Cave
· Campbell’s Kingdom
· The Summit Picnic Area
· The Bluff Lookout and the Fire Tower Lookout
· The bluff lookout unsealed road
Traffic management will be set up in the area and surrounding communities and visitors may see and smell smoke.
Tuesday 16 May 2017 – Dyrrite – Wanjap Planned Burn
No park or road closures are expected on the day but traffic management will be set up in the Mt Arapiles- Centenary Park Campground area and surrounding communities.
Visitors may see and smell smoke.
There are many ways to find out where planned burns are happening in your area. You can sign up online by searching for the Planned Burn Notification System (PBNS), which you can customise to suit your notification needs, or contact the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226. Alternatively you can contact the Horsham DELWP office on 03 5362 0720.
Map below available for download