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The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in conjunction with Forestry Tasmania (FT) has taken advantage of fine weather conditions to continue cooperative, strategic fuel reduction burns on the West Coast as the fire season rapidly approaches.

Parks and Wildlife Service Northwest Region fire management officer Chris Irvine said that in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, three burns totalling 1902 hectares were completed last week.

Another two burns totalling about 50 hectares along the Lyell Highway in the Franklin Gordon River National Park were also completed.

"While Parks staff have already been controlling bushfires on the east coast during the past weeks, weather conditions and fuel dryness levels on the West Coast were suitable for fuel reduction burning," Mr Irvine said.

"We were keen to take advantage of the settled weather last week to do as much prescribed fuel reduction burning as possible.

"The objectives of the burns are to reduce the likelihood of fires entering parks and reserves from adjoining lands, and to enable fires to be controlled within or close to park/reserve boundaries.

"While planned burns do not lessen the risk of fire, by reducing fuel loads they can make fighting bushfires more effective and safer.

"Appropriate fire regimes are also required to maintain species diversity and to protect fire sensitive communities and species.

The burns on the West Coast were aimed at maintaining the coastal heathland as a healthy ecosystem as well as providing protection for shacks, production forest and other infrastructure.

Cooperative burning on the West Coast

The eerie glow on fire on the horizon contrasts with the heathland in flower.

Cooperative burning on the West Coast

Leigh Douglas, Chris Irvine, Peter Hefferon and Willie Gale prepare to light up at Bluff Hill.