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Fire danger forces walking track closures


The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that a number of walking tracks at Freycinet and Douglas Apsley national parks will be closed today (January 11) due to a fire danger warning for the area.

Parks and Wildlife Service acting general manager Stuart Lennox said that while Freycinet is not within the 63 phone prefix area covered by the Total Fire Plan declared by the Tasmania Fire Service for Friday, January 11, it would be a day of very high fire danger.

"The Bureau of Meteorology's predictions indicate that the Freycinet area in particular will be an area of extreme fire danger and we have taken the decision to limit access to these areas," Mr Lennox said.

"The North-east is particularly dry and with forecast high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds any fire in the open would be very difficult to control."

"Visitor safety is paramount and these restrictions are aimed at reducing the risk to visitors in the event of a bushfire."

The following restrictions will be in place from midnight January 10 to midnight, Friday, January 11.
Freycinet National Park, Mount Amos, Wineglass Bay and the Hazards walking tracks are closed for the day.
Honeymoon Bay and Richardsons Beach day use areas remain open.
Cape Tourville Road and South Friendlies four wheel drive track are closed.

All tracks in Douglas Apsley National Park are closed other than to the Aspley Waterhole.
Fire restrictions apply to Freycinet and Douglas Apsley national parks, Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve and coastal reserves from the Mayfield Conservation Area to Little Beach Conservation Area:

All open flame fires outdoors are prohibited, including all portable fuel stoves and some gas/electric barbecues. Gas stoves and gas barbecues are allowed provided they are cleared of flammable material for a distance of one metre.
Other barbecues including those that use wood, charcoal or other solid or liquid fuel are banned.