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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Lake Mackintosh and Sardine Creek fires update

01/02/2010

The public should be aware of continued smoke impacts in Cradle Valley, Moina, Eriba, Tullah, Hampshire and Roseberry due to bushfires in the area. Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller, Geoff Coles, said yesterday the fire near Lake Mackintosh significantly increased in size, and the fire at Sardine Creek , also remains active though fire fighters are on the ground.


Mr Coles said it is difficult to predict where the worst smoke impacts will be, as variable winds are affecting both fires. A smoke haze blanketed many north-west locations last night and this morning, and people with respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors if adversely affected.


“After being closed yesterday evening, the Overland Track has reopened this morning, as our early morning reconnaissance flight determined the Track to be quite safe and under no immediate risk from fire.”


“PWS, TFS and Forestry Tasmania Crews have all worked really hard on the Sardine Creek fire over the weekend, and kept it from making a large run into high value wilderness areas.”


“The Lake Mackintosh fire has very difficult access, and is burning in very tall forest. We will continue to monitor this fire, however due to variable nature of the winds, residents in the Tullah area asked to make sure they have a fire plan in place.”


Wayatinah fire - Mt Field alpine area closure:


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that due to the potential threat to the alpine area of Mt Field National Park by the Wayatinah fire, the Lake Dobson Road that provides access to the alpine area of the park has been closed. Walkers are being re-located from that area this morning.


While the fire poses no immediate threat, there is the potential for it to spot into the park with worsening conditions tomorrow and Wednesday.


This closure affects only the alpine area of the park. The day use area around the visitor centre and the Russell Falls and Tall Trees tracks are open.