Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves have been implemented at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.
Campfire restrictions will remain in place until further notice, and be adjusted as necessary as the summer progresses.
The Parks and Wildlife Service State Fire Manager Mark Bryce said the restrictions are important to help protect visitors and the community.
“The east coast of Tasmania has experienced protracted dry spells leading to drought in some areas with above average day and night time temperatures and a low likelihood of significant rain in the seasonal outlook,” Mark said.
“In the current dry conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly are difficult to control and threaten people in campgrounds and nearby communities.”
The seasonal campfire restrictions apply to:
- All coastal reserves from Bellingham to Bridport, the north east coastal strip from Waterhouse Conservation Area to Mt William National Park, Snaky Creek and Tooms Lake Conservation Areas, and Maria Island National Park;
- All other national parks and reserves in the Break O’Day, Glamorgan – Spring Bay, Sorell and Tasman Municipalities;
- Narawntapu National Park;
- In the south - Mt Field National Park; Bruny Island - the national park and all reserves; Cockle Creek Nature Recreation Area; Southport Lagoon Campground; Esperance Conservation Area; Huon and Teds Beach Campgrounds;
- Further locations may be added if the fire risk in particular areas escalates over summer.
Gas stoves and gas barbecues will be permitted.
“Our priority is community safety, and preventing bushfires from starting from abandoned, escaped or inappropriately managed campfires is part of our community and visitor safety strategy,” Mark said.
Last year there were 73 reports of unattended campfires on PWS managed land, while the number is still high, this was a reduction from 162 in reports from the previous year.
Restrictions have also been imposed on the use of pot fires. Embers and the disposal of coals and ash from pot fires as well as sparks can provide an ignition source.
"In locations where campfires are permitted, please ensure all coals and ash are thoroughly wet and cold before leaving your campsite" said Mark.
The PWS want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience and appreciate assistance from the community in complying with fire restrictions.