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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

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In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

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Further upgrade to South Coast Track

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Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

26/10/2017


The Parks and Wildlife Service will ban campfires and pot firesat high risk campgrounds in reserves across the East of the State until further notice. Gas stoves will be permitted.


The reserves are in the area from Mt William National Park along the East Coast to Orford, including Maria Island and at Lime Bay in the South East.


Parks and Wildlife Service State Fire Manager, Paul Black, said 'our priority is community and visitor safety and preventing new fires from starting from abandoned, escaped or poorly constructed campfires, and is part of our community and visitor safety strategy'.


In the current dry conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly and threaten those in campgrounds or nearby communities. Tasmania is experiencing an extremely dry and warm period in areas of the East Coast and South East, with little relief in the short-term. This means that fires can start and spread more easily than normal. With the current situation of a significant bushfire burning to the west of St Helens, it is prudent to prevent as many new fires as possible.


Locations where campfires are banned are listed on the PWS website under the 'Track and Reserves Closures' section. Fuel stoves are permitted. Further areas around the state may be considered for extended open fire restrictions depending upon the forecast fire danger rating for the days ahead, or if there is a Total Fire Ban declared.


Walkers can check the PWS website www.parks.tas.gov.au 'track closures' section and the PWS Facebook page for up to date information on tracks, parks and reserves affected by fire restrictions.


The PWS requests that those people intending to go bushwalking, lodge their intentions in any log books provided at track heads and visitor centres and talk to local PWS staff for the latest information.



The Parks and Wildlife Service will ban campfires and pot firesat high risk campgrounds in reserves across the East of the State until further notice. Gas stoves will be permitted. The reserves are in the area from Mt William National Park along the East Coast to Orford, including Maria Island and at Lime Bay in the South East. Parks and Wildlife Service State Fire Manager, Paul Black, said 'our priority is community and visitor safety and preventing new fires from starting from abandoned, escaped or poorly constructed campfires, and is part of our community and visitor safety strategy'. In the current dry conditions, campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly and threaten those in campgrounds or nearby communities. Tasmania is experiencing an extremely dry and warm period in areas of the East Coast and South East, with little relief in the short-term. This means thatfires can start and spread more easily than normal. With the current situation of a significant bushfire burning to the west of St Helens, it is prudent to prevent as many new fires as possible. Locations where campfires are banned are listed on the PWS website under the 'Track and Reserves Closures' section. Fuel stoves are permitted. Further areas around the state may be considered for extended open fire restrictions depending upon the forecast fire danger rating for the days ahead, or if there is a Total Fire Ban declared. Walkers can check the PWS website www.parks.tas.gov.au 'track closures' section and the PWS Facebook page for up to date information on tracks, parks and reserves affected by fire restrictions. The PWS requests that those people intending to go bushwalking, lodge their intentions in any log books provided at track heads and visitor centres and talk to local PWS staff for the latest information.