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Very high fire danger closes some Freycinet tracks today


A 'Very High' fire danger rating for today has closed some tracks at Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley national parks today.

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Southern and Northern Regions of Tasmania for Thursday 7th February 2013.

No fires may be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from midnight tonight, Thursday 7th February 2013 12:00AM until midnight Thursday 7th February 2013 1159PM. This includes all reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service. 

Due to the VERY HIGH fire danger some walking tracks and 4WD tracks within the Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley national parks will be closed today for public safety. These include:

  • Wineglass Bay and Wineglass Bay Lookout Tracks

  • Wineglass Bay / Hazards Beach Circuit

  • Freycinet Peninsula Circuit

  • Mount Amos Track

  • South Friendly Beaches 4WD Track

  • Leaberra Walking Track (excluding the Waterhole Track)

The following tracks are open within Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley national parks.

  • Cape Tourville

  • Sleepy Bay

  • Honeymoon Bay

  • Isaacs Point and Friendly Beaches

  • The Apsley Gorge Waterhole Track

The Parks & Wildlife Service will be pre-positioning a helicopter in the Bicheno area and fire fighters will be patrol reserves in response to the predicted conditions.

Remaining hot spots at the Giblin River fire in the Southwest National Park were yesterday monitored by five Parks fire fighters on the ground, with a helicopter for support if required. Despite the hot conditions, the fire remained quiet and the crews returned to Cambridge in the late afternoon, with the helicopter then redeployed to the Molesworth fire.