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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Bushfire Prevention

Human caused fire impacting national parks, reserves and Crown land mainly result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, equipment use and intentional acts of arson.

When camping in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, having a campfire for personal warmth or cooking is an enjoyable experience. However, campfires can easily escape and start a bushfire. If you light a campfire you are legally responsible for ensuring that it is safe, does not escape, and is completely extinguished before you leave.

Remember Soak it. Stir it. Soak it again.

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The PWS would like to thank visitors to national parks, reserves and Crown land for their cooperation during the campfire restriction period imposed last summer. The initial analysis of reports of unattended campfires last summer indicated a 45% reduction compared to the same time the previous year. 

Fuel Stove Only Areas

The entire Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and some national parks are declared Fuel Stove Only (FSO) Areas to protect the natural values. Fires are totally banned in FSO areas. There are some places where campfires in existing fireplaces are permitted, usually at campsites that can be easily reached by car. On-site signage will indicate FSO areas.