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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves

25/09/2019

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

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

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.


The campfire and pot fire restrictions were brought in last week, due to the fire risk. The restrictions apply to all campgrounds from Mt William National Park along the East Coast to Orford, including Maria Island, and at Lime Bay in the South-east. These restrictions remain in place.


Parks and Wildlife Service State Fire manager, Paul Black, said the priority is community and visitor safety, and the restrictions on campfires and pot fires will help to prevent new fires starting from abandoned, escaped or poorly constructed campfires.


"Although the large fire at St Helens is now under control, conditions on the East Coast remain extremely dry, for example at Freycinet National Park, the rainfall this year has ranged between one-third to one-half of normal rainfall," Mr Black said.


"In conditions such as this, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly and threaten those in nearby campgrounds and communities.


"While most campers understand the risk, staff patrolling since the restrictions were put in place have extinguished a total of 30 campfires in areas where restrictions were in place.


"The fire risk in these areas is not going to diminish until significant rainfall is received and until that time we ask those visiting our parks and reserves to heed these restrictions for their own safety and that of the community.


"It is worth noting that the consequences of campfire escapes can be severe in terms of the cost to communities and the environment. A fire that started as a result of an escaped campfire in the North-east near St Mary's in December 2006 burns 30,900 ha and destroyed 14 houses. An escaped campfire at Lake Repulse in similar dry conditions in 2013 burnt 10,238 ha."


Mr Black said the campfire and pot fire restrictions may be extended to other areas as the bushfire season progresses.


"With the Recreation Day public holiday on Monday 6 November, we're expecting a busy weekend in our campgrounds and we ask that park and reserve visitors work with our staff to ensure everyone has a safe camping experience."


Please note that use of fuel stoves is permitted while the campfire and pot fire restrictions are in place.