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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Fire Ecology

Introduction

Fire plays a key role in the ecology of the Tasmanian natural environment. Our diverse vegetation communities have differing responses to fire, from potentially devastating impacts in alpine areas and conifer forests, to ecologically sustainable effects in buttongrass moorlands and dry scelerophyll forest.

Fire and Vegetation Communities
Discover the very different effects and consequences of fire across different vegetation communities.

Fire and Fauna
Tasmania's unique fauna has some interesting adaptations to fire. For some species, it is essential for their habitat requirements.

How You Can Help
How to minimise the risk of causing bushfires and protect the unique forests of Tasmania.