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PWS - Fires update and impacts


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


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


Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Reminder that PWS campfire restrictions are still in place - Mon 28 January 2019


While the Total Fire Ban (TFB) ended at 2am this morning, PWS would like to remind everyone that campfire restrictions are still in place across all national parks, reserves and Crown Land state-wide until further notice.

These restrictions are in place due to elevated soil dryness and the risk of new fire starts, at a time when there is significant number of fires already burning. 

But what does that mean for you?

It means that while these restrictions are in place, campfires, pot stoves and any fuel stove that burn coal, wood or plant material is NOT permitted.

However, provided the ground is cleared for 3m around the stove, and there is a water source of at least 10 litres for firefighting, the following are permitted to be used with caution:

 • Gas stoves and gas barbecues 

 • Liquid fuel stoves using shellite and methylated spirits.

 • On remote bushwalking tracks and routes liquid fuel stoves can be used in accordance with Leave No Trace principles www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=406, provided a container of water is at hand for firefighting. 

These restrictions are in place as sparks, embers and disposal of ash from campfires, pot stoves and fuel stoves that burn wood or plant materials can provide an ignition source.

But please remember, on days where TFB’s are in place, ALL outdoor fires are banned except electric stoves and barbeques, and gas barbecues provided they are cleared of flammable material for at least one meter. Other barbecues and portable stoves including those that use wood, charcoal or other solid or liquid fuel (trangias etc.) are banned. For more information visit www.fire.tas.gov.au

Our priority is community and visitor safety so we ask for your help in following these directions as in the current dry conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly, are difficult to control and threaten people in campgrounds and nearby communities.