Our Latest News

Overland Track re-opens for walkers

02/02/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that the Overland Track will re-open to bushwalkers as of Wednesday morning, 3 February 2016.More

Join in World Wetlands Day celebrations

28/01/2016

The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will host a range of free activities on Tuesday 2 February 2016 to celebrate World Wetlands Day.More

Major fire fighting effort protecting public and state's important values

27/01/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager Peter Mooney has acknowledged the efforts of Department staff, Tasmania Fire Service, volunteers and interstate firefighters who are continuing to undertake a major effort to protect values and infrastructureMore

Bushfire Management & Planned Burns

The Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for the management of bushfires on all reserved land in Tasmania.

This management includes:

  • control of unplanned bushfires;
  • planned burning to reduce fuel loads and make fire control easier and safer;
  • planned burning to help maintain biodiversity, promote regeneration of plants that depend on fire and to maintain suitable habitat for animals;
  • maintaining assets that assist with bushfire control, for example, fire trails, firebreaks and waterholes.

For up-to-date details on the planned burning program this season see the planned burning page. See also the role of the Parks and Wildlife Service in fire management.

National Bushfire Management

A National Bushfire Management Policy Statement for Forests and Rangelands was released in June 2014. The new policy is about coordinating the sustainable management of fire across the Australian landscape. The policy statement is available here.

Bushfire information

The Tasmania Fire Service has information on bushfires and permit fires at www.fire.tas.gov.au/mysite/Show?pageId=colCurrentBushfires. This information service includes bushfires and permit fires on land managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

For information on reserve, track or campsite closures please refer to our web pages on track, campsite and reserve closures. Further information and the latest updates can be obtained from Rangers. See our Office Contacts for details of how to get in touch.

Fire Ecology and Management

Fire plays a major role in the ecology of the Tasmanian natural environment. Fire can be a vital force in maintaining healthy bush. But in the wrong place at the wrong time, it can also lead to the destruction of unique vegetation communities, human life and property. Find out more about the role fire plays in ecology.