Escaped campfire
Escaped campfire Leven foreshore October 2019 (photograph: PWS)

Campfire safety and restrictions 2021-2022

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​​Campfire restrictions are now in place

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come into place from 02:00 Saturday 18th December at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.

The Parks and Wildlife Service State Fire Manager Katy Edwards said the restrictions are important to help protect visitors and the community.

“For the early part of Tasmania's fire season, most of the state has had below normal fire potential however with the likelihood of localised seasonal wind events in the south east, on the north east and east coasts during early December coupled with extended dry periods, the potential for fires to take hold and spread rapidly will become more likely.

Grass and crop growth is significant this season due to a wetter than average spring and curing grass is likely to present a grass fuel hazard in the next few weeks.

“In the current dry conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly are difficult to control and threaten people in campgrounds and nearby communities." Katy said.

The seasonal campfire restrictions apply to:

  • ​​Flinders and Maria Islands, 
  • All national parks and reserves in the Dorset, Break O'Day, Glamorgan/Spring Bay, Sorell and Tasman municipalities,
  • Narawntapu National Park,
  • Snaky Creek and Tooms Lake Conservation Areas.

​Further areas may be added if the fire risk in those areas escalates over spring and early 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," Katy said.

Last year there were 113 reports of unattended/illegal campfires on PWS managed land with 34 fire related offences recorded.

Restrictions have also been imposed on the use of pot fires as sparks, embers and disposal of ash from pot fires can also provide an ignition source.

We want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience and appreciate assistance from visitors and the community in complying with fire restrictions.

Before heading out camping, be sure to check whether campfires are permitted, see the Campfire safety and restrictions web page.

The following map shows the locations where campfire restrictions are in place from 18 December 2021 until further notice.

 PWS State Campfire Restrictions Map 2021-2022 (PDF 76Kb)​​

Published 12/12/2021