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Fuel reduction burn planned for Bridport


The Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn at Bridport on Thursday, 20 March and Friday 21 March, weather permitting.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Northern Region operations manager, Stan Matuszek, said the burn will be approximately 70 ha in size.

“Our planned burns have been prioritised using our bushfire risk assessment tool, based on a computer mapping system. This has helped us to identify the areas within reserves with the biggest bushfire risk. This risk assessment tool is used to prioritise areas for fuel treatment,” said Mr Matuszek.

“The burn is on Crown land directly to the west of Bridport and the burn is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to the town.

“While planned burns are aimed at being low-intensity, at times there will be significant smoke and flame height, and ash may result.

“During the burn, all access to the area will be closed to visitors, including the Bridport Walking Track between Sandy Points Road and Henry Street, in the Mt Arthur View area. Affected areas may be closed for a number of days until the area can be inspected and any hazardous trees are treated.  

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Information about precautions that people with health issues can take is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the PWS Prospect office on 6777 2179. A list of PWS planned burns is available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au.