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Forestry Tasmania (FT) and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will today begin burning of sections of the Gordon buttongrass plains, north of the Gordon River Road in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

"The main objective is to reduce fuel-loads on buttongrass plains adjacent to State forest and other fire-sensitive vegetation systems," said interagency spokesperson Tony Blanks from FT.

"The operation will minimise the effect of fire escaping from State forest into the World Heritage Area and vice versa," said Mr Blanks.

"A secondary objective is to maintain species and vegetation diversity by creating a mosaic of burnt and unburnt patches.

"Burning buttongrass plains ensures the buttongrass ecosystems are retained just as they have been for thousands of years."

Mr Blanks said the burning reduces the amount of fuel build up on the plains that may threaten natural assets in the event of wildfire.

Such operations are undertaken when weather conditions allow and risks to other vegetation communities are minimal, he said.

Fire crews from FT and the PWS will begin burning by dropping incendiary material and then monitoring and controlling the fire.

"The end result will be a rejuvenation of buttongrass ecosystems whilst maintaining the security of neighbouring State forests and fire-sensitive sub-alpine and alpine vegetation through fuel reduction," he said.