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Fire advice for the February long weekend


Campers and bushwalkers are urged to be very careful with any campfires and to observe additional fire restrictions that may apply in parks and reserves as we head into a long weekend at the peak of the fire season.

Warm to hot weather is predicted for the long weekend, and the very dry conditions that have continued for more than a month will increase the fire danger in many areas of the state, especially on Sunday 9, February.

Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer Mike Brown reminded Tasmanians ahead of a long weekend in the south of the state that we are now in the traditional peak of the fire season.

“Indeed, tomorrow, 7 February is the 47th anniversary of our disastrous Black Tuesday Fires when 62 Tasmanians lost their lives and more than 2,000 homes where lost and, the 5th anniversary of the Victorian Black Saturday fires that claimed the lives of 173 people,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown said there may well be a Total Fire Ban declared for Sunday, so people are asked to ensure they have alternatives such as gas barbecues or stoves for cooking outdoors.

People on or travelling to the West Coast are asked to be alert to the fire situations at Pieman Heads, Lake Burbury, Queenstown and Heemskirk Road, east of Granville Harbour, as conditions over the weekend may cause these fires to ‘make a run’ or escalate.

People travelling the Lyell Highway are also reminded that the Nelson Falls walking track remains closed due to the fire danger and visitors are asked to respect this closure for their own safety. The walking track from Frenchmans Cap track to the Irenabyss and Raglan Range remains closed, as is the Lake Burbury campground.

The Tasmania Fire Service recommends everyone living in and around the bush to review their Bushfire Survival Plan and be prepared to implement their plan if required. Details on how to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan, prepare your property for bushfires, or other fire safety tips can be found from the front page of the TFS website here. People should monitor the local ABC radio station or visit TFS website (www.fire.tas.gov.au) to keep up to date with conditions.

Fire advice for the February long weekend

The fire-affected area near Lake Burbury.

Fire advice for the February long weekend

People travelling to the West Coast this weekend are asked to be alert to the fire situation as a number of fires remain uncontrolled and may escalate in certain conditions.