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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk


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


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


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

Cradle fire threat eases but fire remains uncontained


Light rain over the weekend has halted the spread of a bushfire in the Fury Gorge near Cradle Mountain, allowing the re-opening of the Overland Track and popular day walks in the area.

Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller Chris Irvine said that although the fire is not increasing in size, it remains uncontained with the potential to extend into the alpine plateau and pose a threat to the Overland Track under the certain weather conditions.

"Unfortunately the 16 mm of rain received on the weekend was not enough to put the fire out, so it will be monitored daily and the risk to people and infrastructure on the Overland Track will also be regularly assessed," Mr Irvine said.

"We will also provide a safety briefing to Overland Track walkers before they begin their walk and we are requesting that they not undertake the Barn Bluff or Lake Will walks as these are closest to the active edge of the fire.

The fire required the relocation by helicopter of about 90 Overland Track walkers on Friday, but Mr Irvine said that walkers had been very cooperative despite the disruption to their walk.

The Fury Gorge fire was started by lightning on January 16. It has burnt about 90 hectares.

For further information, visit the Parks and Wildlife website at www.fire.tas.gov.au