Thursday, February 6, 2014

Long weekend bushfire advice

WARM to hot weather predicted for the Hobart Regatta Day long weekend will increase the fire danger in many areas of the state especially this Sunday. “As we approach the weekend, Tasmanians are reminded we are now in the traditional peak of our fire season," Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Mike Brown said today.

"Indeed, tomorrow, February 7, is the 47th anniversary of our disastrous Black Tuesday Fires when 62 Tasmanians lost their lives and more than 2000 homes were lost and, the fifth anniversary of the Victorian Black Saturday fires that claimed the lives of 173 people," Mr Brown said.

"With the very dry conditions that have continued for more than a month now, and the warm to hot conditions expected, particularly on Sunday, campers and bushwalkers are urged to be very careful with any campfires and to observe additional fire restrictions that many apply in parks and reserves.

“As we gain further information about expected weather conditions for Sunday there may well be a Total Fire Ban declared for Sunday, so people are asked to ensure they have alternatives such as gas barbecues or stoves for cooking outdoors.

The Tasmania Fire Service recommends everyone living in and around the bush to review their Bushfire Survival Plan and be prepared to implement their plan if required. Details on how to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan, prepare your property for bushfires, or other fire safety tips can be found from the front page of the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au.

People should monitor the local ABC radio station or visit the TFS website to keep up to date with conditions.

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