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1. High Rise Office Fire Release Date: 2016-05-15
2. Fuel Reduction Burn - Peter Murrell Conservation Area Release Date: 2016-04-24
3. Fuel Reduction Burn - Travellers Rest Release Date: 2016-04-24
4. Fuel Reduction Burning and Smoke Release Date: 2016-04-21
5. Care and registration for fuel reduction burning encouraged Release Date: 2016-04-20
6. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - CANOPUS HILL, MOUNT RUMNEY Release Date: 2016-04-16
7. Fuel Reduction Burn - DON Release Date: 2016-04-13
8. Fuel Reduction Burn - Breakneck Track, Wellington Park Release Date: 2016-04-13
9. Fuel Reduction Burn - KELCEY TIER Release Date: 2016-04-11
10. End of Fire Permit Period for all Municipalities of Tasmania Release Date: 2016-04-05
11. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Strickland Avenue, South Hobart Release Date: 2016-03-29


Tasmania Fire Service

High Rise Office Fire

Date: 15 May 2016 - 00:00 Contact: David Klug Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service crews were called to a Monitored Fire Alarm at 130 Collins Street Hobart at approximately 2:40 pm today.

Upon arrival crews from Hobart brigade found the 3rd level was full of thick black smoke.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus determined the location, and quickly extinguished the fire, which limited the amount of damage caused.

Damage was confined to the room where the fire started.

The fire was deemed accidental and was deemed to have started in wiring connected to a hot water cylinder.

Damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fuel Reduction Burn - Peter Murrell Conservation Area

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing its fuel reduction burning program with a planned burn at Peter Murrell Conservation Area near Blackmans Bay on 23 and 24 April 2016, weather permitting.

The burn will be approximately 7 hectares ha in size, with the objective of providing asset protection for Blackmans Bay residents.During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is requested to remain out of the burn area while burning is taking place and asked to adhere to all traffic management signage along Brightwater Road. While planned burns are aimed at being low-intensity, at times there will be significant smoke and flames, and ash may result.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Information about precautions that people with health issues can take is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website at http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Fuel Reduction Burn - Travellers Rest

Sunday 24 April to Thursday 28 April 2016.

Weather permitting, there will be a fuel reduction burn conducted between Sunday 24 April and Thursday 28 April 2016 at Travellers Rest 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 99 hectares in size, and will be conducted by Tasmania Fire Service. The burn is to protect the Travellers Rest and Blackstone Heights communities.
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. A

dvice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au
A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colFRPBurnSchedule. Any questions or concerns, please contact the TFS Fuel Reduction Unit on 1800 000 699.

Any questions or concerns, please contact the TFS Fuel Reduction Unit on 1800 000 699.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fuel Reduction Burning and Smoke

Date: 21 Apr 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Sandra Whight Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Fuel Reduction Unit, within the TFS, has reassured the community that every precaution is undertaken in the planning and burning process to minimise the output and impact of smoke from burns.

"Fuel reduction burning is the most effective method of reducing bushfire risk in Tasmania, however any fire will generate smoke," said Fuel Reduction Unit Manager, Sandy Whight.

"We understand that smoke can impact on communities, so it's important the community is informed about how smoke from fuel reduction burns is planned for and managed," said Ms Whight.

"Each fuel reduction burn is planned to manage the many factors that influence smoke, including the topography of the land, likely wind direction, vegetation dryness and air temperature.

"For example, we cancelled burns planned for the past two days in Hobart because of the dry and windy conditions."

As part of the planning process, Fuel Reduction Unit staff:

  • Assess whether smoke could affect roads, agriculture, community events or population centres.
  • Review Bureau of Meteorology weather data before the burn, throughout the burning period until the burn is complete.
  • Check Environment Protection Agency air quality monitors throughout an active burn.
  • Coordinate each burn with landowners and notify neighbours and the community about the proposed burn.
  • Notify stakeholders including media to ensure the community is aware that a burn is occurring and there will be smoke.

"A burn will only go ahead if the wind and air temperature create the right conditions. It is not unusual for burns to be postponed because of unsuitable weather conditions, as they were this week," said Ms Whight.

"Weather conditions are monitored throughout the days of the burn, in case we need to issue smoke alerts to the community and to ensure the burn is conducted safely."

An ideal burn is conducted in dry fuel, which generates less smoke. So fuel moisture and rainfall are monitored regularly in the lead up to a burn.

"Ideally we like to conduct fuel reduction burns with a little bit of wind, as this will help to disperse the smoke."

However a stable atmosphere provides the best conditions for safe burning. Often, a stable atmosphere is accompanied by conditions that can trap smoke close to the ground. Other weather phenomena, like afternoon sea breezes, can also trap smoke in valleys along the coast and inland.

Sometimes the decision will be made to go ahead with a burn, even if the conditions are not ideal for managing smoke. In this case, one of our best management strategies (for smoke) is letting people know so that they can put their own strategy in place."

Another part of smoke management is Tasmania's Co-ordinated Smoke Management Strategy (CSMS) which is organized by the Forest Practices Association. The Fuel Reduction Unit participates in this and other participants are the Parks and Wildlife Service, and the forestry industry.

Each participant supplies a bid or estimate to the CSMS of how many smoke units they expect their burn to generate. The CSMS monitors what burns are planned where, to ensure that no particular area (called an air shed) is having too much smoke on any day.

The CSMS puts a cap on the number of burns which can occur on any day and this can change daily because of forecast weather conditions. The participants get an allocation of how much smoke they can put up in their burn which is measured on the size of the burn and the type of fuel to be burnt. The Environment Protection Authority monitors smoke throughout the day.

A fuel reduction burn also generates much less smoke than a bushfire and this thinner smoke will dissipate more quickly. Fuel reduction burns are conducted within a controlled area and intensity so that fuels are burnt to reduce the bushfire risk, while leaving the tree canopy and some patches of unburnt vegetation.

On the other hand, a bushfire can often be more intense, burning everything in its path, including all vegetation, rubbish left in the bush such as old car bodies and tyres, and infrastructure including buildings or houses, which can cause thick, black smoke.

"We are going to see smoke, we're going to smell smoke but it's important that we do fuel reduction burning to reduce bushfire risk."

"We'll do our best to let people know if they will be affected by smoke."

For further information on the Fuel Reduction Program, visit the Tasmania Fire Service website on www.fire.tas.gov.au

Sandra Whight is Manager of the Fuel Reduction Unit at the Tasmania Fire Service.

The Fuel Reduction Program aims to reduce bushfire risk to Tasmanian communities, including the protection of homes, businesses, critical community infrastructure, and the natural environment, by strategically selecting priority areas for burning. The Program operates across the State and is 'tenure-blind', taking a scientific and coordinated approach to burns on both public and private land to address the highest risk areas of the State, regardless of who owns or manages the land.

Funded by the Tasmanian Government, the Program is overseen by the Fuel Reduction Unit in the Tasmania Fire Service. The Fuel Reduction Unit works in partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania, to conduct fuel reduction activities and oversee and provide critical information about fuel reduction burns to the public.



Tasmania Fire Service

Care and registration for fuel reduction burning encouraged

Date: 20 Apr 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Gavin Freeman Phone: (03) 6230 8424

TFS is encouraging people to continue to reduce their fire hazards safely, with preparation and planning.

Deputy Chief Officer Gavin Freeman stated that "Although fire permits are no longer required, people who are burning off must plan carefully and act responsibly.

"We are still experiencing the occasional warm day and some areas are still dry, so consideration must be given to weather conditions prior to lighting any fires."

The Tasmania Fire Service has a variety of online publications that help people plan how manage fuel reduction burns safely, with advice on a variety of safety techniques such as how much water people should have on hand, how to build control lines and how to properly light and monitor the fire. Mr Freeman said "Our own Fuel Reduction Program demonstrates that carefully planned burns are very effective in reducing the impact of fires. However do not underestimate the amount of planning our people put into these, before they light a match, to ensure they are done safely"

Publications on how to conduct a safe fuel reduction burn are available from the Tasmania Fire Service web page at www.fire.tas.gov.au and TFS regional offices.

Tasmania Fire Service also asks people to register burning by ringing 1800 000 699 prior to lighting burn offs. This registration allows us to ensure fire trucks are only sent to places they are needed.



Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - CANOPUS HILL, MOUNT RUMNEY

Weather permitting, there will be a fuel reduction burn conducted on Saturday the 16th April 2016 on the western slopes of Mount Canopus, 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 26 hectares in size, and will be conducted by the Tasmania Fire Service.

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 and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

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

16 Apr 2016 - 00:00



Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Fuel Reduction Burn - DON

Date: 11 Apr 2016 - 12:00am Contact: . Phone: 1800 000 699

Weather permitting, there will be a fuel reduction burn conducted on the eastern section of the Don Reserve on Tuesday April 12 2016, 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 6.5 hectares in size, and will be conducted by the Tasmania Fire Service.
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 and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au



Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Fuel Reduction Burn - Breakneck Track, Wellington Park

Date: 12 Apr 2016 - 12:00am Contact: . Phone: 1800 000 699

Weather permitting, there will be a fuel reduction burn conducted on the 13th to 15th April 2016 in Wellington Park along the Breakneck Track up to Junction Cabin, 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 210 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 and Human Services websitewww.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website athttp://www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colFRPBurnSchedule



Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Fuel Reduction Burn - KELCEY TIER

Date: 11 Apr 2016 - 12:00am Contact: . Phone: 1800 000 699

Weather permitting, there will be a fuel reduction burn conducted in the Kelcey Tier area between Wednesday April 13 and Thursday April 14 2016, 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 15 hectares in size, and will be conducted by the Tasmania Fire Service.
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 and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au



Tasmania Fire Service

End of Fire Permit Period for all Municipalities of Tasmania

Date: 5 Apr 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Chief Officer, Chris Arnol Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The 2015/16 fire permit period for Tasmania will cease at midnight on the 5th of April 2016, for all Tasmanian municipalities.

Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer, Chris Arnol said "The state is currently experiencing low to moderate fire danger ratings and there is no longer a need to continue formal oversight of fuel reduction burning. However, I really want to emphasise the value of people registering their burns voluntarily so our firefighters don't respond unnecessarily."

Whilst fire permits will no longer be required, property owners should be aware that any fire burning on their property is their responsibility and they should ensure the fire remains within their property boundaries.

People planning to conduct burns in the open are requested to register their intention to burn by calling the TFS free call number, 1800 000 699. "A simple phone call to register a burn will ensure a brigade is not called out to attend a fire that is safe and under control" Mr Arnol said.

People conducting burns should also consider neighbours with regard to smoke. Smoke from burn offs may be hazardous to people's health, can cause traffic hazards and may damage sensitive crops, including vineyards. The TFS encourages anyone planning a burn to consult with their neighbours and to consider smoke hazards.

Weather conditions have a significant influence on fire behaviour. People planning to conduct a fuel reduction burn must check the weather forecast for the area where they are conducting the burn, particularly over the subsequent days. This information is readily available from the Weather Bureau webpage.

For further information, please visit the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au and select Publications or phone free call 1800 000 699.



Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Strickland Avenue, South Hobart

Weather permitting, there will be a fuel reduction burn conducted on the 29th to 31st March 2016 at the top of Strickland Avenue South Hobart, 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 20 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 and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

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