The Inspector-General for Emergency Management’s (IGEM’s) second summary report brings together observations, findings, and recommendations from its management of investigations into planned burn breaches for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.
During this reporting period, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and its delivery partners conducted 353 planned burns, reducing bushfire fuels over 113,499 hectares of public land.
Of these 353 planned burns, eight breached control lines and on one occasion, private land was inadvertently ignited adjacent to a planned burn. In the context of total area treated, 0.13 per cent (143.2 hectares) of public and private land were affected by breaches of control lines.
Summary of investigations into Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning breaches of planned burn control lines 2016–17 was published on 16 January 2018.