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Temporary closure of the Bridport Wildflower Reserve for fuel reduction burning


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wishes to advise Bridport residents that a fuel reduction burn will be undertaken in the Bridport Wildflower Reserve today, 3 November 2010.

PWS Northern Region operations manager Stan Matuszek said the objective of the burn is to protect private property and assets adjacent to the Wildflower Reserve.

“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,” Mr Matuszek said.

He also advised that during the burn the Wildflower Reserve and adjacent Crown Land will be closed for public access.

“It’s important that people respect and adhere to these closures for their own safety,” Mr Matuszek said.

“The affected tracks and trails may need to be closed for a number of days until PWS staff inspect and make safe any dangerous trees created as a result of the burn. Visitors are requested to respect the restrictions until signage is removed.”

During the burning operation, smoke may cause reduced visibility and fire vehicles using tracks and roads around the fire ground will contribute to an increase in traffic. Local residents and visitors are asked to exercise caution when driving or walking in the general area. Any inquiries regarding the Bridport Wildflower Reserve burn should be directed to the Scottsdale Field Centre or Prospect Office on 63 36 5312.

The EPA’s air monitoring network, BLANkET( Base-Line Air Network of EPA Tasmania) includes stations in the North East and Tamar Valley.

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