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The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has advised that small and large planned burns are taking place around the state this week while weather conditions are suitable.

PWS fire management officer Sandra Whight said subject to weather conditions, staff will take advantage of the fine conditions this week to conduct planned burns on 4 – 5 April near the PWS workshop at Mt Field National Park, and in the Peter Murrell State Reserve in suburban Hobart.

Other burns planned include Dora Point in the Humbug Point Nature Recreation Area, and Musselroe Bay in Mt William National Park.

“The burns are conducted for two reasons; to reduce fuel levels and for ecological reasons,” Ms Whight said.

“For example the planned burn at the Peter Murrell State Reserve near Kingston has the objective of providing protection for the local neighbourhood by reducing fuel loads.

“While fuel reduction burns do not solve the problem of bushfires by itself, 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 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. People near those areas are advised to close their windows and remove laundry from clothes lines.

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

“We also strongly advise people intending to visit remote national parks or reserves in the coming weeks to check with local PWS offices to get the latest information on the burning schedule so that they do not travel into an area where a burn is planned.”

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