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The Parks and Wildlife Service has begun its spring burning program with a large burn in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area today.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said today's burn is part of the cooperative program of increased fuel reduction burning to protect Tasmanians from the threat of severe wildfires.

"The program involves the Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Tasmania and the Tasmania Fire Service combining resources to carry out fuel reduction burning in areas with the highest fuel loads," Mr Mooney said.

Today about 10 Parks and Wildlife Service staff are carrying out a burn with the assistance of a helicopter, at the Edgar Dam near Scotts Peak, in the Southwest National Park.

It is a large burn of about 790 hectares and its purpose is to reduce fuel loads to assist in protecting the campground area at Edgar Dam.

It is also an ecological burn to provide protection from wildfire for the sensitive alpine vegetation and native conifers in the Mt Anne area.

Parks and Wildlife Service staff are also monitoring fuel moisture in the Douglas-Apsley National Park on Tasmania's East Coast in preparation for a major fuel reduction burn as soon as conditions permit.

"Very little of the park has been burnt over the last 20 years and the resulting high fuel loads mean that effective fire suppression would be very difficult during a wildfire," Mr Mooney said.

"The objectives of the burning program in the Douglas Apsley are to reduce the likelihood of fires entering the park from adjoining lands, and to enable fires to be controlled within or close to the boundaries of the park.

"While planned burns do not lessen the risk of fire, by reducing fuel loads they can make fighting bushfires easier and safer."
At Freycinet National Park the Parks and Wildlife Service fire crew has been undertaking preparations for a burn next week at Sleepy Bay and near Hazards Beach.

The objective of this burn is to protect the Wineglass Bay walking track.

Burns are also planned in the near future for the St Helens Point Conservation Area to provide protection for people and property in the Stieglitz and Akaroa communities.

On the West Coast, a burn is planned for South Bluff Hill to provide property protection for the Arthur River community.