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Intending visitors to Mt Field, Freycinet, Douglas Apsley, South Bruny and Maria Island national parks are advised that a number of tracks will be temporarily closed because of very high fire danger.

Parks and Wildlife Service fire operations manager Adrian Pyrke said the closures are in the interest of public safety and will apply from 6pm today (Thursday, 3 January) to 6am Saturday, 5 January 2013.

"With the forecast conditions, including very high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity, any fires are going to be very difficult to control and because of that we will not be able to guarantee public safety on particular tracks," Mr Pyrke said.

He said the Parks and Wildlife Service is also very concerned at the danger posed by abandoned campfires.

"Six abandoned campfires were reported during the Christmas holiday period," Mr Pyrke said. "Hot or even warm coals remaining in an unattended campfire present a significant risk in the current conditions.

"Campfires are not permitted in some national parks and reserves. Campers should heed signage in these areas as well as total fire ban alerts issued by the Tasmania Fire Service."

 Freycinet and Douglas Apsley national parks

The Freycinet Visitor Centre, Friendly Beaches, Richardsons Beach and Honeymoon Bay will all remain open.

In Freycinet National Park the following walking tracks and vehicle access will be temporarily closed:

  • All peninsula walking tracks including: Wineglass Bay tracks, Mt Amos track, Hazards Beach Track, Isthmus Track, Mt Graham Track and the Skyline Traverse.

  • South Friendly Beaches 4WD track

In Douglas Apsley National Park the Leaberra walking track is already closed.

For further enquiries call Freycinet National Park on 6256 7000.

 Mt Field National Park

All walking tracks accessible within the Mt Field National Park from Lake Dobson Road will be temporarily closed. The Parks and Wildlife Service Visitor Centre, café, Russell Falls and all walking tracks in the lower area of the park will remain open. For further enquiries call the Mt Field Visitor Centre on 6288 1149.

 Maria Island National Park

Maria Island is open to visitors. However, remote tracks away from the Darlington settlement will be temporarily closed. These include Bishop and Clerk, Mt Maria, the Inland Track, Robey's and Haunted Bay tracks. Contact the Maria Island Visitor Centre for further information on 6257 1420.

 South Bruny National Park

  • Fluted Cape circuit will be temporarily closed. However, the Grassy Point section of the track will remain open as it is adjacent to water.

  • Labillardiere Peninsula circuit will be temporarily closed. However the short circuit peninsula track will remain open.

Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve

  • Cape Queen Elizabeth track will be temporarily closed.