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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

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

19/01/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service has banned campfires at high risk campgrounds in reserves across the State until further notice.  Gas stoves will be permitted. 


Parks and Wildlife Service State Fire manager Paul Black said our priority is community and visitor safety and preventing new fires from starting from abandoned, escaped or poorly constructed campfires is part of the community and visitor safety strategy.


In the current dry conditions campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly and threaten those in campgrounds or nearby communities.


Tasmania is experiencing an extremely dry and warm period with little relief in the short term.  This means that fires can start and spread more easily than normal.  With the current situation of more than 30 going fires across the State, it is prudent to prevent as many new fires as possible. 


Parks and Wildlife are working with the Tasmanian Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania on a cooperative response to the going fires around the state so that fire fighting resources can most effectively work on the current threat if there are no new fires. 


The Parks and Wildlife Service is also urging bushwalkers and those travelling in remote areas to stay aware of the current situation and take responsibility for their personal safety.  We request that people strongly consider their trip intentions and not walk in remote areas where there is or has been recent fire activity. 


Parks request that those people intending to go bushwalking lodge their trip intention in log books at track heads and visitor centres and to talk to local parks staff for the latest information.


Locations that campfires are banned at are listed on the Parks website under the “Track and Reserve Closures” section. 


Walkers can check the PWS website www.parks.tas.gov.au ‘track closures’ section and the PWS Facebook page, as well as the TFS www.fire.tas.gov.au for up to date information on tracks, parks and reserves affected by fire.  Road closures are listed on the Tas Alert website: http://www.alert.tas.gov.au