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Planned burn at Diana's Basin, Scamander


The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn in the Scamander Conservation Area tomorrow, Friday 14 March 2014, weather permitting.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Northern Region Operations Manager Stan Matuszek said the burn will be approximately 10 ha in size and the objective is to reduce fuels in the immediate area adjacent to the Paddys Island campground and day use facilities.

“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 Matuszek.

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

“The area to be burnt is about a one kilometre long narrow coastal strip between the highway and the sea. The campground and burn area within the Scamander Conservation Area 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. Information about precautions that people with health issues can take is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website at http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the PWS St Helens Field Centre on 6376 1550.  A list of PWS planned burns is available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au.