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The Parks and Wildlife Service has begun its autumn fuel reduction burning program with two burns at Freycinet National Park on the East Coast under way.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said that recent rains had reduced the risk of wildfire sufficiently to allow the PWS's autumn fuel reduction burning program to begin.

"Fuel reduction burning is traditionally undertaken in autumn when settled weather and more damp vegetation create the safest conditions in which to undertake planned burns," Mr Mooney said.

"The highest priority for fuel reduction burning is strategic burns that provide direct and immediate protection for life and property and this is the objective for the two burns in the Coles Bay area.

"One burn of about five hectares on the top side of Freycinet Drive is aimed at protecting the walking tracks, including the very popular Wineglass Bay Lookout track, in the Mt Amos area.

"The second burn is about 16 hectares along the Coles Bay Road from the Coles Bay waste transfer area to Saltwater Creek and is part of an ongoing program of burns aimed at providing protection for the Coles Bay township."

Mr Mooney emphasised that while planned burns do not lessen the risk of fire, by reducing fuel loads they can make fighting bushfires more effective and safer.

Information about planned burns is available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/manage/fire/planned_burns/index.html