There was a fuel reduction burn conducted Today at Serpentine Gorge, Southwest, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

This burn will be approximately Approximately 280 hectares in size.
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 few days. 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 www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air/bushfire_smoke or Asthma Australia https://asthma.org.au/about-asthma/triggers/bushfires-and-smoke/
Further information about this burn is available by contacting the TFS Fuel Reduction Unit on phone 1800 000 699 or email fru@fire.tas.gov.au. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colFRPBurnSchedule

Community Information:

For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

New road rules apply in Tasmania. Motorists must slow to 40km/h when passing a stationary or slow moving emergency vehicle(s) with red and blue lights flashing or sounding alarm. This will assist in keeping emergency services personnel safe. https://www.rsac.tas.gov.au/slow-down-for-emergency-vehicles

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Alert Level: NO ALERT LEVEL
Type: fuel reduction burn
Last Updated: 25-Nov-2020 04:11 PM
First Reported: 21-Nov-2020 08:05 AM
Location: Serpentine Gorge, Southwest
Status: Patrol
Agency: Tasmania Fire Service
Size: Approximately 280 hectares