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The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) advises nearby residents that a fuel reduction burn will be undertaken at Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area today, 9 December 2013.

PWS Northern Region Manager Stan Matuszek said the objective of the 11 hectare burn was visitor, asset and property protection through the reduction of fuels within strategic areas of the reserve.

“The Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area is an area of bush on the south-western boundary of Launceston and managing its fuel load is a priority for PWS, as a bushfire in the reserve could present a significant threat to adjoining private property, assets, and utilities,” Mr Matuszek said. 

During the burn, the Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area will be closed to the public.

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

“The affected tracks 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.”

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

Residents are also advised to keep windows shut and avoid outside airing of laundry on the day of the burn.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from this burn. Further information about developing a plan is available from the Asthma Foundation website at http://www.asthmatas.org.au/help-advice

Please direct any enquiries to the Northern Region Parks and Wildlife Service office on 6336 5312 between 9 am – 4pm 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