Planned burn breaches lines

A DEPARTMENT of Sustainability and Environment planned burn will come under scrutiny after it breached control lines on 26 March.

The Mirboo North fire grew from 50 hectares the following morning, to 569 hectares before it was contained on 29 March.

The fire burnt through 267 hectares of Mirboo North regional park, 150ha of Hancock Victorian Plantations pine and blue gum, 108ha of private bushland and 44ha of private pastures.

A DSE spokesperson said 11 kilometres of fencing and 100 large rolls of hay were destroyed and one shed and stockyard was damaged. The spokesperson said no houses were damaged, but some livestock were unaccounted for.

“The DSE continues to work with landowners to replace fencing and fodder,” the spokesperson said.