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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

South Coast Track re-opens

09/02/2019

South Coast Track re-opens 


The South Coast track, in the Southwest National Park, along with several other tracks, reserves and campgrounds across Tasmania have re-opened today Saturday 9 February.


Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has assessed safety at the sites and is pleased to be able to re-open them in time for the long weekend.


The  long weekend provides a perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to get out and enjoy our parks and reserves. 


The following areas have re-opened today, Saturday 9 February: 


Southwest National ParkSouth Coast Track ONLY. (Please note – all remote area walking tracks west and south of Huonville are closed, including: Nevada Peak, Lake Skinner, Mt Weld, Federation Peak (Farmhouse Creek and Huon), Mt Picton, Adamson’s Peak, Adamson’s Falls to Duckhole Lake, Moonlight Ridge Track (Precipitous Bluff), Mystery Creek, and Exit Cave). 


Hastings Cave and Thermal Springs – these will remain open while the Huon Highway is open to the public.


Junee Cave State Reserve


Mount Field National Park – Lady Barron Falls Circuit Track 


The following campgrounds are also now open: 


Mount Field campground. 


Cockle Creek campground. 


PWS is continuing to assess track openings and closures in response to changing weather conditions, vehicle access and the fire situation. Please refer to the list of standing closures for reserves, tracks, roads, areas and campgrounds on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures 


PWS has been well resourced in dealing with the fires in parks and reserves and protecting natural and cultural values has been its priority.


All staff, along with interstate and international colleagues, have worked hard on the frontline, as well as behind the scenes fighting these fires. 


With the large number of fires still burning and the potential for spotting, flare-ups and new starts, please do NOT venture into remote or fire-affected areas, except for where we have advised it is safe to do so.


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:


•           www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures


•           www.fire.tas.gov.au


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


•           www.alert.tas.gov.au