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The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that a strategic planned burn aimed at improving protection from wildfires for the Sisters Beach community is scheduled for Friday (15 April) and the weekend, weather permitting.

PWS Northwest Region operations manager Barry Davies said the planned burn in Rocky Cape National Park includes 370 hectares directly west of the Sisters Beach community.

“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 Davies said.

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

“The burn is aimed at promoting plant and animal diversity in the park.”

Mr Davies said that the Anniversary Bay track and inland walking tracks at Sisters Beach will be closed from Friday morning until after the weekend.

“Residents are advised that while planned burns are aimed at being low-intensity, at times there will be significant smoke and flames and ash may settle on nearby properties,” he said.

“Smoke may also impact the adjacent communities of Boat Harbour, Montumana, Rocky Cape and to a lesser extent, Wynyard and Somerset. Residents in these areas with medical conditions that may be adversely affected by smoke are advised to take precautions.”

For more information on planned burns, go to the PWS website www.parks.tas.gov.au