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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

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

16/01/2018

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

05/01/2018

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

Successful fuel reduction burns at Arthur River

20/05/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service has taken advantage of continuing favourable conditions to complete several strategic fuel reduction burns in the Arthur River area during the past week.


More than 20 Parks and Wildlife Service staff were involved in three planned burns in the Arthur River area from 6-12 May.


PWS Northwest Region fire management officer Eddie Staier said the burns were part of a strategic burn plan for the Arthur River area.


“The aim is to have a mosaic of burnt and unburnt areas that will offer improved protection for the Arthur River community and area landholders,” Mr Staier said.


The burns included 8 hectares of land around the Arthur River township to protect the township from the threat of bushfires, 211 hectares at Southdowns in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, and 254 hectares at Nettley Bay, in the West Point area.


Mr Staier said planned burns are an important fire management tool designed to maintain biodiversity and to reduce the risk posed to natural and human assets by wildfire.


“Reduced fuel levels lower the potential damage of uncontrolled bushfires by slowing the spread of a fire, reducing the risk of spot fires, providing safe places to fight the fire and making fires easier to control.”

Successful fuel reduction burns at Arthur River

Steve Mansfield lighting up a burn at the Arthur River.

Successful fuel reduction burns at Arthur River

Steve Mansfield working on the burn at South Downs in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area.

Successful fuel reduction burns at Arthur River

Paul Hawthorne at the South Downs burn.

Successful fuel reduction burns at Arthur River

The burns completed last week will provide better protection for the Arthur River area.