The 2013/14 fire permit period for Tasmania will cease at midnight on Friday, 4 April 2014, for all Tasmanian municipalities.
The State experienced dry periods throughout the 2013/14 bushfire season with the North West, Northern and Southern regions experiencing campaign bushfires that burnt for extended periods of time, particularly on the West Coast. Acting Chief Officer Jeff Harper said, “This season the TFS declared eight total fire bans, three of which were State-wide.”
Mr Harper added, “Recent conditions will allow us to end the fire permit period across the State at midnight on Friday 4 April. This autumn may offer good opportunities for property owners and land managers to reduce fuels through responsible burning and we encourage them to do so.” 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 that the fire remains within their property boundaries.
People planning to conduct burns in the open are encouraged 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 Harper 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. 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.