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As part of the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) fuel reduction burning program, a planned burn in the Gellibrand Point Nature Recreation Area near Opossum Bay, will be undertaken from Monday, 3 March, weather permitting.

The burn is the first of the PWS statewide planned burn program for 2014. PWS acting Southern Region manager, Justin Helmich said the burn will be approximately 77 hectares in size and the objective is fuel reduction for property protection and to facilitate an Aboriginal heritage survey of the reserve.

“Our planned burns have been prioritised using our bushfire risk assessment tool, based on a computer mapping system. This has helped us to identify the areas within reserves with the biggest bushfire risk. This risk assessment tool is used to prioritise areas for fuel treatment,” said Mr Helmich.

“While planned burns are aimed at being low-intensity, at times there will be significant smoke and flame height, and ash may result.

“The reserve will be closed for public safety during the burn and afterwards until it is deemed safe for the public to access the burn area.”

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

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the local PWS office on 6214 8100.   A list of PWS planned burns is available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au.