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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk


In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track


The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Bushfires Update - tracks reopened


Walkers can now access the Eastern Arthurs walking track to Federation Peak, with recent rain reducing concerns about an adjacent bushfire.

"While the fire has not increased in size since last Sunday there are still many areas where fire is smouldering in peat," says fire management officer Hafwen Pearce.

"The fire is expected to continue to smoulder in peat until we receive a significant rainfall."

The fire at Mt Castor has burned out 3200 hectares. It has now been contained, and is no longer considered a threat to walkers.

"Although no walking tracks go directly through the burnt area, bushwalkers are advised not to enter the burnt area due to unstable ground and falling tree limbs."

Closure signs are now being removed from key points in the Eastern Arthurs.

The area will continue to be closely monitored, as will an uncontained 1700 hectare fire at Elliott Bay, in the Southwest Conservation Area.

PWS fire crews have managed to extinguish or contain most bushfires around the state. The Trial Harbour blaze, which came close to Zeehan and burned 3200 hectares, is now contained. The Port Latta fire is out, after burning 300 hectares.

A range of smaller fires has also been either put out or contained at Southport Lagoon, South Bruny, Tasman Peninsula, Wayatinah and Seven Mile Beach.

Two PWS staff, Kent McConnell from Lake St Clair and David Clarke from Seven Mile Beach, are part of a taskforce sent to help with the Victorian bushfire emergency. All Tasmanian fire fighters are now assigned together on the same fire in the Grampians. They are expected to return to Tasmania on Friday morning.