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Cradle burn kicks off autumn burning program


The Northwest Region kicked off the autumn program of planned burns in parks and reserves around the State with a fuel reduction burn this week at Cradle Mountain.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said the majority of planned burns are conducted during autumn due to the generally settled weather conditions.

"Over the next several months, burns will be conducted with Parks staff, volunteers from the Tasmania Fire Service, and in some cases, Forestry Tasmania staff.

"Burning is undertaken for two main reasons; to reduce the risk to life and property from wildfire by reducing fuel, and for ecological reasons.

"This week's burn at Cradle Mountain targeted about 100 hectares between the Vale of Belvoir and Leary's Corner and was aimed at providing a strategic fuel break on the northern side of Cradle Valley."

Mr Mooney said there will be some larger burns in national parks and reserves and there will be smaller burns around towns/villages and other significant infrastructure.

"The need for these burns has been identified through our fire management planning process which identifies assets or property most at risk from wildfire and then plans strategic burns that will help to provide protection for these assets under normal bushfire conditions.

"They all require considerable time to plan and execute. A small-scale burn of a few hectares can be just as complicated and may need as many resources as some of the larger burns, because the small ones tend to be immediately adjacent to villages and property.

Further information about the program of planned burns can be found on the PWS website at http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/features/planned_burns/index.html or from local PWS offices.