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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 11 February 2019


As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.

The following is now open:

Walls of Jerusalem National Park – access to the park from the main carpark is now open.       

Please note Little Fischer River Track remains closed and the area east of a line drawn north-south and centred on Mt Jerusalem remains closed.

The following locations will be open on Tuesday 12 February:

Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park – Pine Valley–Labyrinth, Lake Petrach, Cuvier Valley, Mt Olympus, and Gould Plateau.

PWS wish to advise that the following fire affected tracks and areas in the Southwest National Park will remain closed for an extended period:

- Mt Anne area including the Mt Anne Circuit, Mt Eliza and Lake Judd tracks.

- Western Arthurs including Arthur Plains and

- Eastern Arthurs (Federation Peak)

These areas and tracks are unlikely to re-open due to the likely damage to track infrastructure (steps and boardwalks) and until repaired can pose a risk to walkers and the environment.

Assessment of the damage will occur once it is safe to do so and works to address the damage are likely to take considerable time to complete.

PWS suggest that walkers planning trips into these areas look at alternatives for this season. Information on Tasmania’s great bushwalks can be found at https://parks.tas.gov.au/Index.aspx?base=1235

Note – refer to the list of standing closures for reserves, tracks, roads, areas and campgrounds at www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures 

While the change in weather conditions has eased the fire threat, we ask visitors to remain vigilant. Visitors are not to enter fire affected areas until they are deemed safe. Please respect signage and instructions from PWS staff.   

When setting on bushwalks always use the Walker Registration Logbooks provided and remember to sign out at the end of your walk. 

Campfire restrictions are in place across all national parks, reserves and Crown Land state-wide until further notice. This includes all campfires, fire pots and other enclosed devices that burn wood, charcoal or solid fuel.

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, listen to ABC local radio, and monitor the following websites: