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Fuel reduction burns for Derwent Bridge area


The Parks and Wildlife Service in conjunction with Forestry Tasmania will undertake fuel reduction burns in the Derwent Bridge area tomorrow as part of its fire management strategy.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager, Peter Mooney said that ground crews and aerial incendiaries will be used to ignite burns totalling about 1500 hectares of mainly buttongrass plains in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA) and State Forest south of the Lyell Highway near Derwent Bridge.

"Forestry Tasmania crews from Derwent District will assist Parks staff on the ground during the burn and will provide an aerial drip torch," Mr Mooney said.

"These burns are designed to reduce the risk posed by wildfire to assets at the Derwent Bridge settlement, and to the State Forest and the WHA.

"The ignition and burning pattern has also been designed to protect significant sphagnum moss communities in the area.

"This program builds on burning undertaken in the same area north of the Lyell Highway in autumn.

"As part of our fire management strategy, further burns are planned around the State in the coming weeks as weather permits."

Further information on the Derwent Bridge burns can be obtained from the Parks and Wildlife Service Northwest Region office on 6429 8719.