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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

PWS Public Safety Update

18/01/2019

PWS Public Safety Update  


As assessment of the fire situation continues, access to some parks and reserve areas are being managed for public safety.


Many tracks, roads and areas have been closed until further notice, along with a number of campgrounds - go to PWS website for a full list:  www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures


To date, 43 people have been located on walking tracks and airlifted out and 83 people who had registered or via friends or family had contacted PWS are now accounted for.


190 km of walking track in the Western Arthurs, Arthurs Plains, Port Davey Track, Frankland Range, Mt Anne Circuit, Schnell’s Ridge has been flown over several times.


People are urged to abide by track changes and remember that fires under hot, dry and windy conditions can travel very fast. 


PWS also remind the public that the current restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves remain in place for 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. Only fuel stoves are permitted in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWHAA).


 


What to do 


PWS encourages all visitors planning to visit the State’s national parks and reserves to: 


 


  • stay informed in case conditions change; 

  • monitor the PWS & Tasmania Fire Service www.fire.tas.gov.au websites and ABC local radio

  • check in at visitor centres for the latest information, 

  • heed advice at track heads, 

  • follow directions of PWS staff at national parks and reserves

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