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Mt Strzelecki walk back on track

28/06/2019

Flinders Island's Mt Strzelecki walking track has received an upgrade which will improve the experience for walkers and visitors, as well as environmental management.More

New car park for Ben Lomond National Park

28/06/2019

A new visitor carpark is now complete at Ben Lomond National Park. The car park will be opened to visitors and fully operational in the coming weeks in time for this winter's first major snow fall.More

Planned burn success on Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area sites

28/06/2019

The Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area experienced significant wildfire events between January and March this year, yet there are still areas that require pro-active fire management for the protection and conservation of the area's values.More

Bushfire Prevention

Human caused fire impacting national parks, reserves and Crown land mainly result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, equipment use and intentional acts of arson.

When camping in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, having a campfire for personal warmth or cooking is an enjoyable experience. However, campfires can easily escape and start a bushfire. If you light a campfire you are legally responsible for ensuring that it is safe, does not escape, and is completely extinguished before you leave.

Remember Soak it. Stir it. Soak it again.

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The PWS would like to thank visitors to national parks, reserves and Crown land for their cooperation during the campfire restriction period imposed last summer. The initial analysis of reports of unattended campfires last summer indicated a 45% reduction compared to the same time the previous year. 

Fuel Stove Only Areas

The entire Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and some national parks are declared Fuel Stove Only (FSO) Areas to protect the natural values. Fires are totally banned in FSO areas. There are some places where campfires in existing fireplaces are permitted, usually at campsites that can be easily reached by car. On-site signage will indicate FSO areas.