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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Fuel reduction burn at Risdon Vale

16/04/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a planned burn of 136 ha at Risdon Vale, Hobart, tomorrow, weather permitting.


The burn block is in the Meehan Range State Recreation Area and includes an adjacent privately owned block. The burn area is adjacent to and east of the Risdon Vale community.


PWS Southern Region operations manager Shane Breen said this is an important strategic burn aimed at reducing fuels and therefore providing protection for Hobart’s eastern shore suburbs in the event of a bushfire.


“It builds on recent fuel reduction burns in the area such as the large one at Mt Direction last year and a smaller one at Risdon several weeks ago,” Mr Breen said.


“Users of the area are asked to observe track closed signs for their own safety. It is also likely that smoke may continue to be seen in the burn area for several days after the burn, however nearby residents are assured that the area will be patrolled until the burn has been completely extinguished.”


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


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


 For further information about this burn contact 6233 5166.


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