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Access to the Douglas-Apsley National Park on Tasmania's East Coast has been restricted with the continuation of a major program of fuel reduction burning today.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said the burns have necessitated track closures and there may be considerable smoke at times.

"I would ask the community for patience and understanding as there is likely to be smoke in the area for the next two or three days," Mr Mooney said.

The burns, delayed by autumn rains, will be conducted over 9820 hectares in the Douglas Apsley, adjacent State Forest and some private land.

"The program aims to reduce risk of wildfires threatening life and property and assist sensitive vegetation communities," said Mr Mooney.

A multi agency taskforce involving the Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Tasmania and the Tasmania Fire Service is targeting areas with the highest fuel loads.

Further information on the track closures and planned burns is available from the Freycinet National Park Visitors Centre on (03) 62567000, as well as the Parks and Wildlife Service and Tasmanian Fire Service websites: