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Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula

13/03/2019

Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.More

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message

08/03/2019

Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019

22/02/2019

To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Bushfire Management & Planned Burns

Campfire restrictions declared in national parks and reserves
Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will be in place from Wednesday 14 November until further notice at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires. The seasonal campfire restrictions apply to reserves on King and Flinders Islands, from Port Sorell to Mt William on the north coast, and Mt William to Orford, including Maria Island, on the east coast.

For full details, see our feature page

 The Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for the management of bushfires on all reserved land in Tasmania.

This management includes:

  • control of unplanned bushfires;
  • planned burning to reduce fuel loads and make fire control easier and safer;
  • planned burning to help maintain biodiversity, promote regeneration of plants that depend on fire and to maintain suitable habitat for animals;
  • maintaining assets that assist with bushfire control, for example, fire trails, firebreaks and waterholes.

For up-to-date details on the planned burning program this season see the planned burning page. See also the role of the Parks and Wildlife Service in fire management.

National Bushfire Management

A National Bushfire Management Policy Statement for Forests and Rangelands was released in June 2014. The new policy is about coordinating the sustainable management of fire across the Australian landscape. The policy statement is available here.

Bushfire information

The Tasmania Fire Service has information on bushfires and permit fires at www.fire.tas.gov.au/mysite/Show?pageId=colCurrentBushfires. This information service includes bushfires and permit fires on land managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

For information on reserve, track or campsite closures please refer to our web pages on track, campsite and reserve closures. Further information and the latest updates can be obtained from Rangers. See our Office Contacts for details of how to get in touch.

Fire Ecology and Management

Fire plays a major role in the ecology of the Tasmanian natural environment. Fire can be a vital force in maintaining healthy bush. But in the wrong place at the wrong time, it can also lead to the destruction of unique vegetation communities, human life and property. Find out more about the role fire plays in ecology.