Tasmanian News

Planned burns for Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

South West National Park

The Parks and Wildlife Service have today announced that large scale fuel burns are set for the Southwest National Park.

They are advising people travelling to the area over the next several weeks to be aware of the burns aimed at reducing bush fire risk within the Wilderness World Heritage Area.

A number of walking tracks will be closed at short notice to allow for the fuel reduction burns to take place.

PWS Southern region fire management officer, Stuart Dudgeon, said the Southwest is at particular risk.

“Burning the areas provides a renewal of a range of species, they are also important for limiting the spread of large landscape fires which can be caused by lighting events and also the occasional accidental start," he said. "It is also important to provide visitor safety."

In ideal conditions they will be aiming to burn between 6,500 and 7,000 hectares. 

The burns will be ignited from the air via helicopter anytime from 22 April until the end of June.

For more information visit the Parks and Wildlife Service website.

Image: By JJ Harrison ([email protected]) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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