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Multiple planned burns for 26 March


The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with planned burns scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, 26 March, at Mt Roland in the north-west, at Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area at Launceston and near Risdon in Hobart’s eastern suburbs.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) fire operations manager, Adrian Pyrke said the burns vary in size, from 7 ha at Risdon, to 169 ha in four blocks at Mt Roland. Three blocks totalling about 70 ha will be burned at Trevallyn. The burns are all aimed at protection of assets and nearby communities.

“Our planned burns have been prioritised using our bushfire risk assessment 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 Pyrke

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

“Tracks, roads and other facilities may be closed for public safety during the burns and afterwards until it is deemed safe for the public to access the burn area. Reserve users are asked to check local signage for details.”

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 http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions

A list of PWS planned burns is available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au.