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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 - Tuesday 5 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 have been re-opened:

Mt Field National Park Day Visitor Area, Russell Falls track and Tall Trees Circuit

However, the campground, Lady Barron Falls Circuit Track and the alpine tracks remain closed.

Walking tracks in Tasman National Park and Douglas Apsley National Park have been re-opened.

Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area – Snug Falls and Pelverata Falls Tracks will re-open tomorrow (Wednesday 6 February) but Umfrevilles Track and Snug Tiers remain closed.

Echo Sugarloaf State Reserve – Echo Sugarloaf Track will re-open tomorrow (Wednesday 6 February).

The Southwest National Park, Hartz Mountains and Hastings Cave remain 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.

While the fire situation continues, PWS is reminding walkers NOT to set off on walks in remote areas and NOT to enter tracks affected by fire as they are unsafe.

PWS is requesting people to be aware of displaced, disoriented or injured wildlife on our roads – slow down when driving from dusk to dawn in areas fire affected areas.

Walkers are reminded to use the Visitor Logbooks and to sign out on their return, and that campfires are currently not allowed in any National Parks, Reserves, and Parks campgrounds.

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: