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The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises East Coast residents that a large fuel reduction burn is planned at Douglas-Apsley National Park on Wednesday 17 April, and Thursday, 18 April, subject to weather conditions.


PWS Northern Region acting manager Stan Matuszek said the objective of the approximately 3,000 hectares burn was visitor, asset and property protection through the reduction of fuels within strategic areas of the reserve.


“The Douglas-Apsley National Park is a large area of natural bush on the East Coast and managing its fuel load is a priority for PWS,” Mr Matuszek said. 


This burn is being conducted by the PWS with assistance from Tasmania Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania personnel. It is one stage of a plan to conduct fuel reduction burning over a total area of approximately 8,000 hectares within the park.


He also advised that during the burn the national park will be closed to visitors.


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


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


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