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Fuel reduction burn to protect Coles Bay


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that a fuel reduction burn aimed at providing improved protection from wildfires for the Coles Bay community is planned for this week (28 March to 1 April), weather permitting.

PWS Northern Region operations manager Stan Matuszek said two burns are planned in the Coles Bay area, both of which are aimed at providing protection for the Coles Bay community and for visitors to Freycinet National Park.

“Planned burns that reduce fuel levels have been shown to reduce the risk of uncontrollable bushfires and this is the intention of these burns,” Mr Matuszek said.

“While fuel reduction burns do not solve the problem of wildfires by itself, reduced fuel levels will slow the rate of spread of a fire, reduce the risk of spot fires and proved safe places from which fire crews can fight the fire.”

The burn in the Mt Paul area two kilometres north of Coles Bay, is 800 ha and the burn at Isaacs Point near Friendly Beaches is 170 ha.

The PWS is advising that while planned burns are aimed at being low-intensity burns, at times there will be significant smoke and flame heights and that ash may settle on nearby properties.

“We would also advise people with medical conditions that may be affected by smoke to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke,” Mr Matuszek said.

 For more information go to the PWS website www.parks.tas.gov.au