This is the Inspector-General for Emergency Management’s (IGEM’s) third report on planned burns that breach control lines, and incorporates implementation monitoring of recommendations associated with bushfire fuel management.
During this reporting period, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and its delivery partners conducted 367 planned burns, reducing bushfire risk over 66,035 hectares of land.
In this report, IGEM details the one breach that occurred during the reporting period and provides a progress update on six recommendations made in its previous report Summary of investigations into Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning breaches of planned burn control lines 2016–17.
This report also includes an update on the implementation progress of the final two recommendations from the Independent Investigation of the Lancefield-Cobaw Fire, which concludes IGEM’s monitoring and reporting of these 22 recommendations.
DELWP has modelled its commitment to continuous improvement in bushfire fuel management through its ongoing delivery and improved programs within Safer Together: A new approach to reducing the risk of bushfire in Victoria.
IGEM commends the dedication shown by DELWP and partner agencies in contributing to a safer environment for Victorian communities.
Summary of Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning bushfire fuel management 2017–18 was published on 4 September 2019.