The Tasmania Fire Service conducted a fuel reduction burn on Monday 23rd March at Lady Barron, Flinders Island, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.
The total area of this burn will be approximately 6 hectares, and is likely to take 1-2 days tocomplete. Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.
During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.
While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Asthma Australia websites www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air/precautions and https://asthma.org.au/about-asthma/triggers/bushfire-smoke. Current air quality information is also available via the Environment Protection Authority website epa.tas.gov.au/pages/Real-Time-Air-Quality-Data-for-Tasmania.aspx
Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Tasmania Fire Service on phone 1800 000 699 or email BRU@fire.tas.gov.au. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow
For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/