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Fuel reduction burning continues on the West Coast


The Parks and Wildlife Service is advising people on the West Coast that a number of fuel reduction burns are planned for early next week and that some areas may be affected by smoke.

Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager, Peter Mooney said that burns are planned in a number of areas, including the Lyell Highway at Lake Burbury, Zeehan, Rosebery, Tullah, Arthur River and Temma.

"The objective of these burns is to reduce the risk posed by wildfire to private property and will include areas of heathland, coastal heathland and buttongrass plains," Mr Mooney said.

"Ignition will occur under conditions intended to minimise smoke drift across residential areas, however smoke may still be noticeable to residents.

"These burns are part of our prescribed burning program which has been going well this autumn due to favourable weather conditions.

"So far this season in the northwest of the State we have completed seven burns totalling approximately 1,600ha of heathland and buttongrass plains. These have been lit by hand and also aerially with a helicopter and aerial incendiary machine.

"Most of our burns are cooperative operations, with Parks and Wildlife Service staff working with Tasmania Fire Service volunteers, Forestry Tasmania staff and contract helicopters."

Further information on the planned burns can be obtained from the Parks and Wildlife Service Northwest Region Office on 6429 8719.