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Fuel reduction burn - Cape Tourville, Sleepy Bay and Blue Stone Bay areas


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wish to advise East Coast residents that a fuel reduction burn is planned at Freycinet National Park around the Cape Tourville, Sleepy Bay and Blue Stone Bay areas on Wednesday 20 March from around 10am and will be weather dependant. 

PWS Northern Region manager Chris Colley said the objective of the burn is visitor, asset and property protection through the reduction of fuels within strategic areas of the reserve. 

He also advised that during the burn some areas will be closed to visitors: Cape Tourville, Sleepy bay and Blue Stone bay.

“It’s important that people respect these temporary closures for their own safety,” Mr Colley said.

“The affected tracks and trails may need to be closed for a number of days until such time as PWS can inspect and treat any hazardous trees created as a result of the burn. Visitors are requested to respect signage and follow directions until such time as it is removed.” PWS will be working to have these areas made safe and re-opened to visitors prior to Easter.

People should also be aware that during the burning operation, there will be smoke and fire vehicles on tracks and nearby roads. 

Parks and Wildlife suggest visitors and residents to the area listen to local radio stations for timing of the burn. Residents are also advised to keep windows shut and avoid outside airing of laundry during the day of the burn.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from this burn.

Please direct any enquiries to the PWS Fire Operations office on 6336 5312 between 9 am – 5pm weekdays. 

Information on planned burns can be found on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au, on the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au and on the Forestry Tasmania website at www.plannedburnstas.com.au