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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

PWS Fire Update - Monday 11 February 2019

11/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.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.