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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Background notes 3e

3e Why do we have fuel stove only areas?

In the past, many environmentally disastrous bushfires have started from walkers' campfires. It is safer to use a fuel stove instead of a campfire.

Fuel stoves are better for many reasons:

  • They minimise the chance of wildfire or escaped fires.
  • Compared with campfires they are faster, a lot easier to light in wet weather, they don't deplete firewood at campsites and don't leave lasting scars on the landscape.
  • They minimise damage to bush, as people often break down green wood near campsites. Not only does this damage the trees but it also can make the campsite unattractive.
  • It is very hard to start a fire with wet wood. Having a fuel stove ensures you can prepare warm food and drink if the weather turns bad.
  • Fires in peat can smoulder underground for months and are extremely difficult to extinguish. Peat is made up of layers of decomposing organic matter and is the major soil type in rainforest, buttongrass, wet scrub and alpine vegetation. It is illegal to light fires on peat anywhere in Tasmania – this includes lots of popular bushwalking areas, including the Overland Track and South Coast Track.

Fines of up to $5000 can be imposed for lighting fires in Fuel Stove Only Areas.

Before going camping, make sure you check fire restrictions with the park ranger.

In an emergency situation if you must have a fire

  • keep it small
  • don't put rocks around it
  • use an existing fireplace – if one exists
  • use only dead and fallen wood (leave axes and machetes at home)
  • in pristine areas, scatter all traces of the fire when you leave.

Above all make absolutely sure the fire is out before you leave. Put it out with water – not soil. Put your hand on the ground to make sure it is cold!

Going further

See the Tasmanian Fire Service web site