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The Parks and Wildlife Service plans to begin its autumn planned burning program this week.

Parks and Wildlife Service fire operations manager Adrian Pyrke said the autumn burns are undertaken for several reasons, mainly to reduce fuel loads around Tasmania, but some burns are being undertaken for environmental benefits.

Many of the burns will be undertaken with the support of the Tasmania Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania.

“Fuel reduction burning occurs each autumn and spring and burns are completed as fuel and weather conditions permit,” Mr Pyrke said.

“We have nearly 30 burns ready to go, ranging in size from 1 to 1500 hectares. Hopefully the conditions will allow most of these to be completed. The majority of the burns are aimed at protecting neighbouring houses and other assets, or at reducing fuel loads by creating corridors of low fuel loads to help prevent large bushfires. Others are undertaken for ecological reasons.”

Burning is likely to commence this week at the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area and at West Head, in Narawntapu National Park. By the end of the week it is hoped burns near Bellingham, Bridport and in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area will also be completed.

Mr Pyrke said fuel management is a fundamental responsibility of all land managers and assists in reducing the potential for damaging bushfires and making them easier and safer for fire fighters to control.

"Fuel reduction burns improve public safety by reducing the risk and severity of bushfires. This type of burning is low-intensity, so the smoke can affect ground-level air quality, however efforts will be made to limit the impact of smoke on populated areas," he said.

Significant stakeholders such as the wine, tourism industries and neighbouring land owners are notified as standard procedure.

Information on planned burns can be found on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au, on the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au and on the Forestry Tasmania website at www.plannedburnstas.com.au