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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 Fire update

20/01/2019

There are many fires currently burning in national parks and reserves in Tasmania, including the Southwest National Park and Southwest Conservation Area.


An Advice alert remains in place for the Gell River fire.


At Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, PWS is responding to a fire west of the Labyrinth that was identified late on Friday afternoon. Water-bombing is continuing and remote access firefighters have now been inserted into the area. There will be smoke in the area however walkers on formed tracks such as the Overland Track, are not currently at risk. PWS will continue to monitor the situation.


Safety messages


The safety of walkers and people in fire-affected parks and reserves remains the PWS’s highest priority.


Access to some parks and reserve areas are being managed for public safety as PWS staff continue to assess the fire situation.


Under these types of situations, it’s important for all visitors to stay informed in case conditions change.


As fires under hot, dry and windy conditions can travel very fast walkers are reminded to use logbooks to record your journey and intended routes.  


If venturing into remote areas PWS strongly advises people obtain reliable information from a PWS visitor centre as to the safety of the area you propose to visit.


Extraction of members of the public is undertaken when necessary. Most recently a party of four (4) rafters on the Giblin River were relocated yesterday (Saturday 19 Jan) after forecast winds placed the area under increased fire risk.


A full list of track, road and area closures (including campgrounds) is available at www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures.


 


In addition to fire crew on the ground, PWS staff are using their specialised knowledge as part of their various roles working in Incident Management Team (IMT) roles across the state. 


Each of the IMTs are considering natural and other fire sensitive assets and planning their response accordingly.  PWS staff are assisting with this work, by identifying where the lightning strikes have occurred, where the fires are going and what natural and cultural values are potentially at risk. This forward planning is helping to identify priority areas for protection from fire.


What to do:


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


 · stay informed in case conditions change; 


 · check in at visitor centres for the latest information, 


 · heed advice at track heads, 


 · follow directions of PWS staff at national parks and reserves; and 


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