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PWS Public Safety Update

17/01/2019

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing to assess the fire situation and extract bushwalkers from fire-affected remote reserves and parks across the state.More

PWS Public Safety Alert

16/01/2019

There has been considerable thunderstorm activity across the state overnight. Some fires have started in remote areas and the situation is being assessed as a matter of urgency.More

Gell River Fire update 14 January 2019 4.00 pm

15/01/2019

A fire is burning within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, to the north of the Denison Range and through the Vale of Rasselas.More

Fuel reduction burns to protect remote World Heritage Wilderness

23/03/2018

The fuel reduction burn season is underway and the Parks and Wildlife Service intends to undertake a number of large-scale fuel reduction burns within remote areas of the Southwest, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair national parks and the Southwest Conservation Area over the coming months.


Parks and Wildlife Service state fire manager Paul Black said these burns will be ignited from the air via helicopter and by hand from road edges anytime from March until the end of June, as weather and fuel conditions permit.


“The safety of park users is of paramount importance throughout this period,” said Mr Black.


“These burns will occur at short notice under suitable weather conditions and will generate smoke and flames. Bushwalkers and campers should be vigilant but not alarmed.


“Remote walking tracks and campsites in the vicinity of the burns will be checked prior to the burns commencing.


“Walkers are advised to complete logbooks at track heads, as these will be checked in the days prior to the burns taking place,” said Mr Black.


Walkers on remote tracks should also be aware that aircraft overhead may be trying to ascertain walkers’ positions in the park to determine if it is safe to proceed with a burn.


Walkers can assist by making themselves visible from the air but should note that not all aircraft in the area will be engaged in fire management activities.


“Wearing or carrying a high visibility item of clothing or equipment can help fire staff locate you on the ground. If you’re out walking and need to make yourself visible at any time, we advise moving to clearer ground and making yourself known to aircraft by waving a high visibility object or clothing,” said Mr Black.


During burning operations, public access on some roads and tracks may be restricted, with some closures happening at short notice to allow burns to take place.


Visitors in these areas are asked to comply with directions from Parks and Wildlife Service staff or any signage on site.


These burns are aimed at specifically reducing the bushfire risk to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and decreasing the risk of large-scale landscape fires.


Throughout the fuel reduction burn season, park visitors are advised to check the Parks and Wildlife Service planned burn page for updates on any proposed or active burns.