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1. Fire Evacuates Community Health Centre Release Date: 2016-09-16
2. Fire Exercise No Cause for Alarm Release Date: 2016-09-07
3. Spring fuel reduction program launches Release Date: 2016-08-26
4. Primrose Sands House Destroyed by Fire Release Date: 2016-08-18
5. MOONAH BUSINESS FIRE DEEMED ACCIDENTAL Release Date: 2016-08-10
6. Cause of Fire Under Investigation Release Date: 2016-08-10
7. Hobart Fires Keep Firefighters Busy Release Date: 2016-08-09
8. Sandy Bay House Fire Release Date: 2016-07-27
9. New Trainee Firefighters complete first week of training Release Date: 2016-07-22
10. Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder Release Date: 2016-07-19
11. Man Lucky to Escape Explosion Release Date: 2016-07-07
12. Lucky escape in house fire Release Date: 2016-07-03
13. Firefighters save another life Release Date: 2016-07-02
14. High Rise Office Fire Release Date: 2016-05-15
15. Fuel Reduction Burn - Peter Murrell Conservation Area Release Date: 2016-04-24
16. Fuel Reduction Burn - Travellers Rest Release Date: 2016-04-24
17. Fuel Reduction Burning and Smoke Release Date: 2016-04-21
18. Care and registration for fuel reduction burning encouraged Release Date: 2016-04-20
19. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - CANOPUS HILL, MOUNT RUMNEY Release Date: 2016-04-16
20. Fuel Reduction Burn - DON Release Date: 2016-04-13
21. Fuel Reduction Burn - Breakneck Track, Wellington Park Release Date: 2016-04-13
22. Fuel Reduction Burn - KELCEY TIER Release Date: 2016-04-11
23. End of Fire Permit Period for all Municipalities of Tasmania Release Date: 2016-04-05
24. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Strickland Avenue, South Hobart Release Date: 2016-03-29


Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Evacuates Community Health Centre

Date: 16 Sep 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Firefighter Brendan Plummer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 9.25am on the morning of 16 September, the Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to report of a Structure Fire at the Glenorchy Community Health Centre in Terry Street, Glenorchy.
Occupants of the building were alerted to the fire by the buildings fire alarm system which aided them in quickly and safely evacuating the building.

Upon arrival, Glenorchy and Hobart Fire Brigade fire fighters were confronted with thick smoke in the upper levels of the 3 story building.

Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and quickly located and extinguished a fire on the first floor and stopped it spreading further.

Extensive smoke damage was caused by the fire with damage estimated at approximately $60,000. The cause of the fire was investigated by Fire Investigators from Tasmania Fire Service and was been deemed as accidental, with the cause being identified as a malfunctioning light in the ceiling which caught fire and dropped onto floor coverings, also setting them alight.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Exercise No Cause for Alarm

Date: 7 Sep 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Mark Ciantar Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Firefighters from Launceston Fire Brigade in conjunction with the Department of Defence will be conducting a training exercise tomorrow (8 September 2016) at the Department of Defence Complex, Youngtown Avenue, Youngtown. The exercise will be conducted between 10am and will be concluded by 12.30pm. Simulated smoke may be visible to some residents in the area, however they should not be alarmed.



Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Spring fuel reduction program launches

Date: 26 Aug 2016 - 12:00am Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 61732973

Following a challenging bushfire season, fire authorities are commencing their spring fuel reduction programs to help make Tasmanian communities safer from the threat of bushfires. The first fuel reduction burn was conducted on Knocklofty Reserve today, and will continue over the weekend, weather permitting.

There are around 60 planned burns this season that will be conducted on both public and private land if and when the conditions are suitable. They will be prioritised on risk and appropriate conditions, with a focus on areas which pose the greatest risk of bushfire to communities.

Spring burning has some advantages, as surrounding fuels are often still wet. As summer approaches spring burns are carefully resourced to ensure they are extinguished prior to bad fire weather. Quite often spring is used to undertake edge lighting, preparing areas for full burning in the autumn months.

State Fire Management Council Chair and spokesperson for the Fuel Reduction Program, Ian Sauer, said there is extensive planning involved in each season's fuel reduction burns, to ensure maximum efficiency for the program.

"In Tasmania, we know all too well the devastating effects bushfires have, to both local communities and the economy, and while fire is a natural and fundamental part of our environment, the effects of an uncontrolled fire can be devastating," Mr Sauer said.

"Fuel reduction burning will not prevent bushfires from occurring, but the potential damage of fires will be reduced, making it easier and safer for firefighters to control fires.

"All planned burns are reliant on favourable weather conditions and we ensure we have appropriate resourcing to conduct the burns in an effective and safe manner.

"The planning process takes full consideration of important cultural, natural and social values such as threatened species and Aboriginal heritage, as well as key seasonal times for industries such as vineyards, to ensure negative outcomes are minimised.

"Every burn is carefully planned to minimise the risk to those carrying out the burn and surrounding communities, including the impact of smoke."

The Tasmanian Government has invested $28.5m in the four-year program which takes both a cross-tenure and multi-agency approach, and enables the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) to work efficiently alongside the Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania to oversee and provide critical information about fuel reduction burns to the public.

The TFS will provide a regularly updated schedule of fuel reduction burns through local media and online via the www.fire.tas.gov.au website, which features a map of planned and current burns.

Every effort is be made to reduce the impact of smoke, and the Fuel Reduction Unit works closely with the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania and the Department of Health and Human Services to communicate all fuel reduction burn information. The program follows the EPA's Smoke Management Guidelines and participates in the coordinated smoke management system.

Fuel reduction burns are planned to take place in the following areas, dependant on conditions:

South: Lenah Valley, Tolosa, Kingston, Sandy Bay, Ridgeway, Bushy Park, Brushy Hill, Orford, South Hobart, Montrose, Lachlan, Runnymede, Granton, Boyer, Bagdad, Coal River and Blackmans Bay.

North West: Latrobe, Devonport, Bakers Beach, Shearwater, Eugenana, Penguin, Ulverstone, Harford, Hellyer and Sisters Beach.

North: Scamander, St Marys, Bridport, Launceston, Lulworth, Grindelwald, Hillwood, George Town, Beaconsfield, Greens Beach, Weymouth and Four Mile Creek.



Tasmania Fire Service

Primrose Sands House Destroyed by Fire

Date: 18 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Glenn Greenland Phone: (03) 6230 8424

On 18 August, Tasmania Fire Service crews attended a Structure Fire on Susan's Bay Road, Primrose Sands.

The fire was first reported at approximately 2:45pm and first arriving firefighters arrived to find the building and adjoining garage well alight. The dwelling was totally destroyed with extensive damage sustained to the garage and its contents. The fire took around an hour to control. Firefighters were successfully able to stop the spread of the fire into any neighbouring vegetation and properties.

The male occupant of the residence was home at the time of the fire and was treated by Tasmania Fire Service firefighters and Ambulance Tasmania paramedics for smoke inhalation. He was not transported to hospital.

The cause of the fire has been deemed accidental. Damage is estimated to be approximately $300,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

MOONAH BUSINESS FIRE DEEMED ACCIDENTAL

Date: 10 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Regional Fire Investigator Matt Lowe Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Investigations into the fire which damaged three Moonah businesses have been completed.
Firefighters from Hobart and Glenorchy arrived to find the building well alight just after 11:15pm last night.
The cause of the fire has been deemed to be accidental and originated in an electrical switchboard.
Fire damage to the property containing a coffee shop and two laundry businesses was extensive and is estimated at approximately $700,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Cause of Fire Under Investigation

Date: 10 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire Investigators are currently at the scene investigating the cause of a fire which affected businesses on Main Road in Moonah late last night.

Firefighters from Hobart and Glenorchy arrived to find the building well alight just after 11:15pm.

5 fire trucks attended, including the Tasmania Fire Service' hydraulic platform

It took fire crews just over an hour to control the fire, hampered by strong winds.



Tasmania Fire Service

Hobart Fires Keep Firefighters Busy

Date: 9 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 12:30pm on 8th August, Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to a fire at Elizabeth College, North Hobart as a result of the school's direct brigade alarm system operating.

Upon arrival the TFS found smoke coming from the workshop area within the school yard and a vehicle and part of the workshop's equipment on fire.

Firefighters from Hobart Fire Brigade wearing breathing apparatus had to force entry through the workshop roller door to contain and extinguish the fire.

A staff member tried to extinguish the fire after noticing smoke coming from the workshop, but due to the size of the fire was unable to extinguish it safely. His quick thinking then alerted other school staff and students of the potential dangers allowing them to safely evacuate from the area.

The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental by the Tasmania Fire Service. Damage to the property is estimated to be approximately $200,000.

Earlier in the day, at approximately 9:30 am, Hobart firefighters were called to attend a fire at a massage parlour in Wellington Walk Arcade, Hobart. Upon investigations, firefighters were confronted with a smoke filled first floor of the property.

The cause of the smoke was found to be from a towel which was left on top of a heater.
Tasmania Fire Service takes this opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of using heating devices for drying materials. Objects should not be placed on top of any heat source and clothing should be a minimum of two metres from a heater if being dried.

For further information, contact Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith.



Tasmania Fire Service

Sandy Bay House Fire

Date: 27 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Mark Suhr Phone: (03) 6230 8424

HOUSE FIRE DESTROYS SANDY BAY HOUSE

Sandy Bay Road, Lower Sandy Bay

At 2:20pm today Tasmania Fire Service responded to a house fire on Sandy Bay Road at Lower Sandy Bay.

Upon arrival crews found the 2-storey, 3 bedroom house, and a downstairs flat well alight. The occupant alerted TFS to the fire by calling Triple Zero.

Thick black smoke and fallen powerlines hampered firefighting operations and the house was destroyed, causing approximately $800,000.

Three crews attended the scene, and a crew remains on the scene extinguishing the fire and cleaning up. A fire watch crew will remain in place overnight while investigations are completed.

More information will be provided to the media tomorrow regarding the cause of the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

New Trainee Firefighters complete first week of training

Date: 22 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

This week marks the beginning of a life-changing journey for Tasmania Fire Service's newest Firefighter Trainees.
Nine Trainees, aged between 22 and 40, have begun the first-class 15-week trainee development course.
"As usual we had a large number of applicants move through the competitive selection process. With over 360 applicants, we have selected the best and brightest for the nine sought after positions" said Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

"Our newest TFS members come from a broad range of backgrounds and occupations and bring with them many unique life skills and experiences which will stand them in good stead for their new careers as Firefighters.
"The recruitment of nine new Firefighters will further enhance the Tasmania Fire Service and our capability to serve the Tasmanian community," said Mr Arnol.

Some of the careers previously held by the trainees include zookeeping, firefighting in other states, roles in the legal profession, trades, sports science and customer service.
All trainees have been through a comprehensive selection process to determine their suitability for a career in firefighting including; integrity checks, physical, psychological, and aptitude testing.

Trainee Firefighters will participate in a high quality development program over the course of 15 weeks. They will obtain all necessary skills and knowledge to become valued members of a Tasmania Fire Service emergency response team, enabling them to assist the Tasmanian community in their time of need. The 15 week course is the beginning of a career of lifelong learning and continual training as a professional Firefighter with the Tasmania Fire Service.
The focus for the Trainees during the development course will be on diverse Tasmania Fire Service core business. This includes; responding to urban fires, bushfires, road crash rescue, first aid, hazmat as well as developing leadership skills.

The Trainee Firefighters will graduate on the 28 October 2016 beginning work at career stations at Hobart, Devonport and Burnie.



Tasmania Fire Service

Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder

Date: 19 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Adam Meredith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder

12 Narelle Place, CLAREMONT

At approximately 3.20pm on Monday 19 July Tasmania Fire Service were alerted to a report of a Structure Fire at Narelle Place, Claremont.

Upon arrival Glenorchy, Hobart and Claremont Brigade fire fighters were confronted with thick black smoke issuing from the rear of the single storey weatherboard Housing Tasmania owned property.

Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and extinguished the fire, containing it to the rear of the building.

Although the occupants were home at the time they were able to escape safely due to a working smoke alarm alerting them to the fire.

Damage to the property is estimated at $300,000 and the cause of the fire has been deemed as accidental due to combustible materials being left too close to a heater.

Station Officer Adam Meredith of Tasmania Fire Service said "Unfortunately, this is another common case where combustible materials have been left too close to a heater and have caught fire. We remind all home owners to be vigilant with fire safety in their homes, especially during these colder months.

"All combustible materials should be at least 2 metres from any heating source" Mr. Meredith said.

For more information contact Station Officer Adam Meredith, Tasmania Fire Service.



Tasmania Fire Service

Man Lucky to Escape Explosion

Date: 7 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 5.25pm on Thursday 6 July, Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to a report of an explosion at Fourth Avenue, Dodges Ferry.

Upon arrival, Dodges Ferry and Primrose Sands Brigade fire fighters were confronted with the severely damaged, smouldering remnants of a single story colour bond garage and its contents.

Upon further investigation, the male resident of the house was found with burns to his head and arms and was treated by firefighters and Ambulance Tasmania paramedics on site before being transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital for further treatment.

The force of the explosion resulted in pieces of the garage and its contents to be found several metres away.
Damage to the property is estimated to be $40,000 and the cause of the fire deemed as accidental due to a leaking LPG gas cylinder.

Station Officer Andrew Emery of the Tasmania Fire Service encourages the public to check the condition and storage of flammable material cylinders and containers at their property. "Explosions from leaking cylinders and containers of flammable materials can and do occur. It's important for members of the public to ensure that any type of gas cylinders and container holding flammable materials are stored in well ventilated areas, free from any defects and leaks and are shut off when not in use". Mr Emery said.

Further information on the safe storage of gas cylinders and other flammable materials can be obtained from the WorkSafe Tasmania website at www.worksafe.tasgov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Lucky escape in house fire

3 Jul 2016 - 00:00

Date: 3 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Early Sunday morning the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) were called to a house fire at Regent Street, Sandy Bay, as the result of a triple zero call from the residence.

Upon arrival the TFS found the roof and the side of the house including a vehicle parked in the driveway heavily involved in fire.

Four TFS appliances and 12 firefighters took approximately 2 hours to contain the fire. There was extensive fire damage to the entire property.

Occupants were awoken by 'a loud banging noise', and took the appropriate action by leaving the home and calling for assistance. Three residents sought refuge in the backyard to escape the fire and smoke.

One female resident was treated at the scene by Firefighters and Paramedics for smoke inhalation and suffered burns to her hands, she was transported to hospital for further treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police. Damage to the property is estimated to be approximately $450 000.

Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith said "This is one fortunate young woman. Had it not been for her quick acting housemate and the prompt response of the Fire Service, she may not have survived".

The important message here is for everyone to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Only working smoke alarms will warn you of fire, at any time of the day or night, and give you and your family time to escape safely.



Tasmania Fire Service

Firefighters save another life

Date: 2 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer John Ling Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Firefighters saved the life of a young Glenorchy man

Firefighters entered a smoke filled unit and located a young man in a bedroom suffering smoke inhalation. Ambulance Officers arrived soon after the extrication and swiftly transported the occupant to Hospital for further treatment.

It was shortly after 10:00am this morning when the Tasmania Fire Service were alerted to this incident. Neighbours could hear a smoke alarm sounding and were concerned for the young man's welfare when their efforts of door knocking went unanswered. It was then that they decided to phone '000' to alert the Tasmania Fire Service.

The Glenorchy Fire crew arrived and soon discovered smoke inside the dwelling. Prompt investigations revealed the smoke alarm was activating as a result of food being left unattended on the stove. Once the sole occupant was extricated, firefighters then ventilated the unit and conducted an investigation in conjunction with Tasmania Police.

The fire was contained to the stove with damaged estimated at approximately $5000 in smoke damage.

Station Officer John Ling said "This is one fortunate young man. Had it not been for his quick acting neighbours and the prompt response of the Fire Service, he may not have survived". The important message here is for everyone to ensure they have working alarms in their homes. Thankfully the alarm saved the life of this young man this morning".



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.



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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