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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

PWS Fire Update - Monday 4 February 2019




As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and the calmer conditions, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has been able to assess and re-open some National Parks and other areas.

The following areas are being re-opened:

Mt Field National Park Day Visitor Area and waterfall circuit will re-open tomorrow (Tuesday 5 February)

PWS has assessed the public access to Mt Field National Park and is preparing to re-open the Visitor Centre as a day-use area only. The Russell Falls track and the Tall Trees Circuit will also reopen. However, the campground, Lady Barron Falls Circuit Track and the alpine tracks remain closed.

The Douglas Apsley Gorge and Leeaberra Walks in the Douglas Apsley National Park have been re-opened today.

Walking tracks in Tasman National Park on the Forestier Peninsula will re-open tomorrow (Tuesday 5 February)

Note: Walking tracks on the Tasman Peninsula such as the Devils Kitchen, the Blowhole and Waterfall Bay re-opened last week.

The following areas remain closed:

The Southwest National Park, Hartz Mountains and Hastings Cave remains closed.

Junee Cave and Marriott Falls State Reserves are also closed until further notice.

Walls of Jerusalem National Park  Little Fischer River Track remains closed. Walkers are asked to suspend trips until further notice due to the risks created by the current fire situation.  

PWS is continuing to assess track openings and closures, and is asking people not to go onto any reserve land that has been impacted by fire as it is unsafe.

With the large number of fires burning and the potential for spotting and new starts due to the weather forecast, PWS are also asking people NOT to venture into remote areas.

People planning on visiting parks are asked to stay informed by checking the weather forecast, road closures and the PWS tracks and closures page by visiting the following websites:

In addition, PWS has received reports of an increased number of wildlife on roads in fire affected areas that have been displaced or impacted due to the fires. These animals may be confused and disoriented, orphaned or injured.

PWS is requesting people to be aware of the impact on wildlife and to slow down whilst driving on roads from dusk to dawn, especially in fire affected areas.