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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 - Sunday 3 February 2019

03/02/2019

At this time, there are no new Parks openings or closures to report. However, in current conditions, this could change and people are asked to keep up to date by checking the PWS tracks and closures page: www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures


All Parks and reserves to the west of Mt Field, and south of Huonville, including Mt Field National Park, the South Coast Track and Hastings Caves remain closed.


PWS is reviewing the situation on Monday and over coming days, and it is hoped that some reserves and tracks can be reopened next week but this depends on conditions.


While the fire situation continues, PWS continues to urge people NOT to venture into remote areas.


As is always the case, PWS compliance officers and rangers have today been conducting regular patrols of campgrounds and day use areas.


Campfire restrictions remain in place across all national parks, reserves and Crown Land state-wide and PWS will be continuing with compliance checks.


People planning on visiting parks are asked to make well-informed decisions. With current weather conditions, the situation remains fluid and can change quickly so we ask the public to stay informed. Please check the weather forecast, road closures and the PWS tracks and closures page before visiting.


As fires are unpredictable it important for visitors to stay informed in case conditions change.  


 What to do



  • 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 following websites:


www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures 


www.fire.tas.gov.au 


www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/ 


www.alert.tas.gov.au 



  • listen to ABC local radio