Tassie Total Fire Ban Extends To Friday

District numbers extended

Tassie Total Fire Ban Extends To Friday
The Tasmania Fire Service has declared the continuation of the Total Fire Ban for Friday with dangerous fire weather conditions expected.

The Total Fire Ban will remain in the south and will extend to the entire north and parts of the north-west until midnight on Friday.

"The Total Fire Ban that is in place has been extended until midnight on Friday because of the predicted conditions," said State Fire Controller Greg Butters."

The conditions in some areas are expected to see very high and severe fire danger ratings. Dry and windy conditions and temperatures in the high 20s to mid-30s are expected. A front is expected to cross the south east mid-morning and reach the north east by mid-afternoon. With the front we will see stronger and gustier wind speeds and the potential for thunderstorms.

The continuation of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air. The embargo on all permits is to also continue. Operators of machinery are to comply with the TFS 'Machinery Operations Guidelines' in relation to operating under Total Fire Ban declarations which can be found on the TFS website.

"Fires that occur will be difficult to control and we urge the public to report any fires to TFS immediately by calling triple zero to give us the best chance of containing the fire quickly," said Mr Butters.

"We ask that people check all fires they may have had on their property, including any campfires to ensure they are fully extinguished. People are also encouraged to check their Bushfire Survival Plan and be ready to act if needed," Mr Butters said.

Tasmania Fire Service, along with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are maintaining a heightened state of readiness, with strategically placed strike teams and aircraft, incident management teams and extra firefighting resources on standby in order to attack fires quickly.

Municipalities covered by the Total Fire Ban are:

South
Brighton
Central Highlands
Clarence
Derwent Valley
Glamorgan/Spring Bay
Glenorchy
Hobart
Huon Valley
Kingborough
Sorell
Southern Midlands
Tasman

North
Break O'Day
Dorset
George Town
Launceston
Meander Valley
Northern Midlands
West Tamar
Flinders

North West
Central Coast
Devonport
Kentish
Latrobe

When instances of higher fire danger occur, it is important that people know exactly what to do if a fire threatens their home or property. To assist with this planning, residents are encouraged to visit the TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plan that may cover their area. These are developed to inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist in preparing individual Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service in accordance with the National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2009 have established a campfire restriction in all national parks and reserves on the North, North-east, East Coast , South East, Upper Derwent Valley and King Island.The restriction bans the lighting or use by any person of any campfire, fire pot or other device that burns coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel. Gas stoves are permitted. The restriction will be in place from Saturday 20 January to Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Details of campfire restrictions are available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au or by contacting Parks and Wildlife Services on 1300 827 727.

For information regarding machinery operations, seeĀ http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/userfiles/stuartp/file/Publications/160933-TFS-Harvesting-Guidelines-Brochure-28-11-2016.pdf

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to local radio in the event of an emergency.

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