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Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

09/11/2018

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from next Wednesday (November 14) at identified Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.


PWS State Fire Manager Paul Black said the restrictions are important to help protect visitors and the community.


“Tasmania is experiencing an extremely dry and warm period along the eastern coastal strip of the State, with below average rainfall for the Bass Strait Islands and north coast and little relief expected in the short-term,” Mr Black said.


“In the current dry conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly are difficult to control and threaten people in campgrounds and nearby communities.”


The seasonal campfire restrictions apply to reserves on King and Flinders Islands, from Port Sorell to Mt William on the north coast, and Mt William to Orford, including Maria Island, on the east coast.  


Gas stoves and gas barbecues will be permitted.


“Our priority is community and visitor safety, and preventing bushfires from starting from abandoned, escaped or inappropriately managed campfires is part of our community and visitor safety strategy,” Mr Black said.


 “Restrictions have also been imposed on the use of pot fires as sparks, embers and disposal of ash from pot fires can also provide an ignition source. 


“We want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience and appreciate assistance from the community in complying with fire restrictions.


“Information on the locations affected by restrictions is available on the PWS website at https://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=49824,” said Mr Black.