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Controlled burn smoke drifts across Melbourne

Wednesday April 10, 2013 - 11:54 EST
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A DSE firefighter ignites a controlled burn at Frankston yesterday. - ABC

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will be conducting a high-priority controlled burn along the top of Mount Dandenong today.

The 30-hectare fire will be lit to reduce the bushfire risk to surrounding tourist accommodation, Melbourne's TV transmission towers and nearby satellite dishes.

Smoke and flames will be visible from the eastern suburbs and crews will remain on site throughout the night to patrol the fire.

There are dozens of planned burns around the state, taking advantage of the calm conditions and smoke from the fires has been drifting across Melbourne.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) yesterday received reports of strong wood smoke odours from suburbs including Brighton and the CBD.

Burns are also being carried out at Wheelers Hill, Frankston and Gippsland.


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