The role of the Parks and Wildlife Service in fire management
The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) manages a range of reserved lands that include national parks, regional reserves and conservation areas.
Fire management plans are prepared for some individual reserves, and strategic fire plans are prepared for each PWS region. The plans identify strategies to protect neighbouring settlements and towns, as well as visitors and natural values within reserves.
Planned burning is the deliberate use of fire under specific fuel and weather conditions to achieve management objectives as identified in the fire management plans. Planned burning is an important management tool designed to maintain biodiversity and to reduce the risk posed to natural and human assets by wildfire. Prescribed burns are mostly carried out during autumn or spring. Current planned burns are available on our web site.
In Tasmania, there is an agreement between the three key fire management authorities, the Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Tasmania and the Tasmania Fire Service, to coordinate management of responses to large bushfires. These are called Level 3 bushfires, which are fires that are large, complex, muli-tenure incidents.
These large, complex incidents are managed jointly by the Muli-Agency Coordinating group (MAC) which includes representatives from each agency. Bushfires are managed by Incident Management Teams under the nationally recognised Australasian Inter-service Incident Control System (AIIMS).
Parks and Wildlife Service staff also participate in fire management area committees that are organised by the Tasmania Fire Service.
The Parks and Wildlife Service has a range of fire management specialists including fire management officers for each region around the State. A specialist fire crew help with fire fighting throughout the summer season and with planned burning.
The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service is also a member of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) and the federally funded Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.
Fire Management Plans
Fire management plans are available in our publications section.