Temporary closure of Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area for fuel reduction burning
The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wishes to advise Launceston residents that a fuel reduction burn will be undertaken at Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area on Thursday, 23 February 2012, subject to suitable weather conditions.
Incident controller Chris Emms said the objective of the burn is to protect assets within the reserve and nearby community by reducing fuel levels.
“Fuel reduction burns improve public safety by reducing the risk and severity of bushfires. This type of burning is low-intensity, so the smoke can affect ground-level air quality, however efforts will be made to limit the impact of smoke on populated areas,” Mr Emms said.
He also advised that during the burn the reserve will be closed to visitors with Reatta Road closed from the Archery Club – south bound. Access into the reserve from walking tracks will also be prohibited during this period of burning operations.
“It’s important that people respect these temporary closures for their own safety,” Mr Emms said.
“The affected tracks may need to be closed for a number of days until such time as PWS can inspect and treat any dangerous trees created as a result of the burn. Visitors will be prohibited from entering parts of the reserve where safety issues have been identified and are requested to respect signage until such time as it is removed.”
People should also be aware that during the burning operation, there will be smoke and fire management vehicles on tracks and nearby roads.
PWS suggest visitors and residents listen to local radio stations for timing of the burn. Residents are also advised to keep windows shut and avoid outside airing of laundry during the day of the burn.
People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from this burn.
Please direct any enquiries to the PWS Tamar Field Centre on 6336 5391 between 9 am – 5pm weekdays.
Information on planned burns can be found on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au, on the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au and on the Forestry Tasmania website at www.plannedburnstas.com.au