Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is working with Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Tasmania Fire Service to deliver a state-wide Fuel Reduction Program.
The program undertakes bushfire risk treatments across both public and private land and focuses on areas that pose the highest bushfire risk.
PWS State Fire Manager Richard Dakin said the Fuel Reduction Program forms part of a carefully considered and prioritised program of work across Tasmania aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.
“Tasmania has been fortunate to experience three mild fire seasons in a row due to La Nina weather conditions. However, according to the Bureau of Meteorology this is expected to change with drier El Nino conditions predicted for the coming summer," he said.
“While we can't eliminate the risk of bushfires, we can reduce the impacts of fire and smoke by effective planning and bushfire management."
This year's autumn burning program resulted in 26 burns being undertaken on reserved land treating approximately 9 000 hectares.
PWS fire crews closely monitor conditions throughout the planning process, and if conditions are not optimal on the day of the burn it will be postponed until they are favourable.
Preparing for these changing conditions now is critical for managing our future bushfire risk. To keep up to date with planned burns visit PWS Planned Burns and What's burning now.