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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 - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened:



  • Mount Field National Park – Lake Dobson Road and the alpine tracks have been re-opened for day use only

  • FranklinGordon Wild Rivers National Park – Eldon Range

  • Marriotts Falls

  • Southwest National Park Teds Beach campground.


Lake Augusta Road – is now open to general traffic (at a reduced speed limit of 40km/hr). Tracks north of Lake Augusta Road are open to visitors and fishers for day use only. Pillans Track and Talinah Track remain closed and overnight walking and camping within the 19 Lagoons area is not permitted at this stage. Lakes and tracks south of Lake Augusta Road from Thousand Lakes Lodge through to the Pine River remain closed due to continuing fire-fighting operations. Please drive to the conditions and be aware that fire fighters are still actively using Lake Augusta Road for fire-fighting operations.


PWS is continuing to review a number of locations and tracks for re-opening, and is planning to re-open the following areas tomorrow (Friday 15 February):



  • Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area (all tracks including Umfrevilles and Snug Tiers tracks)

  • Southport Lagoon Conservation Area (including Southport Lagoon Track and Southport Lagoon Campground)

  • Esperance River Conservation Area (including Esperance River campground and day use area)

  • Russell Ridge Conservation Area (including Billy Brown Falls Track) tomorrow (Friday 15 February).


There are a number of reserves, tracks, roads, areas and campgrounds that remain closed due to the threat of ongoing fires, resulting damage and safety risks. Please refer to the complete list of current closures at www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures


While the change in weather conditions has eased the fire threat, Tasmania Fire Service is advising people to avoid fire affected areas where possible, and to take extra care if driving, bushwalking, fishing or camping in these areas. Trees and other obstacles that have been impacted by fire are extremely dangerous and may continue to fall over the coming weeks.


In addition, PWS is asking visitors to remain vigilant. Please do not enter fire affected areas on PWS managed reserves until they are deemed safe; respect temporary signage and follow any instructions from PWS staff.


Stay informed in case conditions change, check in at visitor centres for the latest information, heed advice at track heads and monitor the following websites: