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Horsetail Falls walk now open


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


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

Maintaining vigilance with campfires


Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Lake Mackintosh and Western Explorer fire update


The public travelling on the West Coast should be aware that there are fire crews working on the Western Explorer road and there may be poor visibility due to smoke. 

Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller, Chris Arthur, said there were two fires burning - one is in the Reynolds Falls Nature Recreation Area near Lake Mackintosh and the other is burning in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area near the Donaldson River bridge, approximately 20 kilometres from Corinna.

Mr Arthur said the fires are in remote locations burning in rainforest vegetation and peat. The fire along the Western Explorer (Heemskirk Road) is not threatening access but the public should be aware that fire fighting appliances will be on the road near the Donaldson River Bridge.

“We ask that people take care when approaching this area,” Mr Arthur said.

“The road is not closed, but the public should be aware that there are fire crews working on the side of the road and there may be smoke.”

The second fire is burning at the far eastern end of Lake Mackintosh is 37 ha in size. There is no road access.

“Even though this fire does not currently pose a threat, people in high risk areas are reminded to have a bushfire plan ready to implement.”

He said resources committed to these fires are 27 fire fighters from the Parks and Wildlife Service who are currently involved in controlling the fires, using a helicopter and remote area teams, as well as three fire units on the Donaldson Fire.

The Incident Management Team is based in Tullah and residents of the West Coast especially Roseberry, Tullah and Cradle Mountain should be aware that there could be smoke in the area and they should not be concerned. If they believe that there is another fire in their area they should contact the Tasmanian Fire Service.