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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


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Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


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Large fuel reduction burn planned for Hobart's Eastern Shore


The Tasmania Fire Service, in conjunction with the Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania, is planning a large fuel reduction burn tomorrow for the Mt Direction area on Hobart’s Eastern Shore.

Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer, Mike Brown, said the planned burn is aimed at reducing the fuel loads and the fire risk in the Meehan Ranges and to the communities of Otago Bay, Risdon Vale, Geilston Bay and Lindisfarne.

"Reducing the fuel load in the Mt Direction area will slow a bushfire’s rate of spread, make it easier to control and reduce the bushfire risk to nearby communities," Mr Brown said.

The planned burn of 542 hectares includes the land around Mt Direction to the west of Otago Bay, south down towards Risdon Cove and Risdon Brook Dam to the east. The majority of the area is on the public reserves of the Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area, Mt Direction Conservation Area and some adjacent private property, including land managed by Southern Water.

Mr Brown said the burn area will be closed to the public during the burn and afterwards until it is deemed safe for the public to access the burnt area. Southern Water advises that the Risdon Brook Park will be closed to the public on the days of the burn.

The public should be prepared for significant smoke and fire activity at times during this burn, however they should not be alarmed as there will be up to 30 fire fighting appliances on the ground, supported by one helicopter.

The smoke may result in road delays or closures, particularly on the nearby East Derwent Highway.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn.

Those in affected areas should monitor conditions and stay informed through ABC local radio,the Tasmania Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au and the Tasmania Police website www.police.tas.gov.au for any possible road closures.

Large fuel reduction burn planned for Hobart

Mt Direction, on Hobart's Eastern Shore.