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PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

PWS Fire Update - Monday 11 February 2019

11/02/2019

As a result of the emergency service suppression efforts and calmer weather conditions over recent days, PWS can advise the following changes to track openings and closures.More

PWS Fire Update - Saturday 2 February 2019

02/02/2019

With a Day of Total Fire Ban declared for tomorrow, (Sunday 3 February) safety remains our priority.


PWS will be increasing patrols of campgrounds and day use areas and have extra staff deployed in parks tomorrow, particularly on the East Coast and in the North-East.


Campfire restrictions remain in place across all national parks, reserves and Crown Land state-wide until further notice.


PWS continues to assess the situation with respect to the fires and make decisions about site-access based on safety.


Existing closures in national parks remain in place until further notice and we continue to ask people NOT to venture into remote areas.


There are no new closures or openings of tracks or reserves to report at this time. However this may change with the weather forecast and elevated fire danger for tomorrow, so we ask those planning to visit Parks to keep informed about the access status and continue to check the tracks and closures page: www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures


PWS will continue to work on an overall strategy of visitor risk management and safety, servicing parks that are still open for business, while also working to protect historic and natural values.


More than 80 PWS staff are working to assist with the fires, both on the ground and behind the scenes working in conjunction with Tasmania Fire Service.   PWS is also grateful to all of the interstate and international people assisting with the protection of these areas.


In relation to the Gell River fire, PWS staff have managed to put in sprinkler systems on the Tarn Shelf to help protect high alpine vegetation communities. Further protection work is also being undertaken to help keep the fire out of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. Again this is occurring in in conjunction with Tasmania Fire Service.


The following areas remain CLOSED until Monday 4 February:


Mt Field National Park remains closed


PWS will be re-evaluate closure on Monday (4 February).


Southwest National Park – South Coast Track – remains closed.


South Coast Track remains closed to new walkers and PWS will be re-evaluate closure on Monday.


Hastings Cave remains closed and PWS will be re-evaluate closure on Monday.


Walls of Jerusalem National Park


Little Fischer River Track remains closed. Walkers are asked to suspend trips until further notice due to the risks created by the current fire situation and worsening conditions forecast for Sunday. These measures are to reduce the number of walkers on the track should conditions worsen this weekend.


For a complete list of track, area and campground closures please visit: www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures


People planning on visiting parks are asked to make well-informed decisions. With current weather conditions, the situation remains fluid and can change quickly so we ask the public to stay informed. Please check the weather forecast, road closures and the PWS tracks and closures page before visiting.


As fires under hot, dry and windy conditions can travel very fast, it’s important for visitors to stay informed in case conditions change. 


 What to do



  • stay informed in case conditions change;

  • check in at visitor centres for the latest information,

  • heed advice at track heads,

  • follow directions of PWS staff at national parks and reserves; and

  • monitor the following websites:


www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures 


www.fire.tas.gov.au 


www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/ 


www.alert.tas.gov.au 



  • listen to ABC local radio