Saturday, February 8, 2014

Total fire ban for Sunday

Total Fire Ban Advice
for the whole of Tasmania

Issued at 3:06pm on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

The Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for Sunday, February 9, for the whole of Tasmania.

Fire Weather Warning
for the Furneaux Islands, Central North, North East, East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3:05pm on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Weather Situation

Temperatures reaching the mid-thirties, relative humidities down to around 20% and strong and gusty northerly winds turning west to northwesterly are expected.

For Sunday, February 9:
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Upper Derwent Valley, South East, Midlands, North-East and East Coast. Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be uncontrollable. Some people in the path of a fire may be killed or seriously injured.

Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Furneaux Islands and Central North. Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be difficult to control. There is a possibility that people in the path of a fire who are not well prepared may be killed or seriously injured.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Check your bushfire survival plan - Now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation on ABC radio or through www.fire.tas.gov.au.
  • If power supplies fail, listen on your car radio.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Very High or Severe Fire Danger:
  • Get ready now to leave for a safe place.
  • Leave immediately if fire breaks out near you.
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared to withstand fire and you can actively defend it.
The next warning will be issued by 5am Sunday.

Tasmania Fire Service
General Advice on a day of Total Fire Ban

Tools and equipment that use a naked flame or generate sparks such as welding or grinding, must not be used in the open air.

If essential works are required to be done a special permit may be issued, after a thorough investigation of each application. Apply to your TFS Regional Office.

Barbecues that use wood, charcoal or other solid fuel are banned. Gas and electric barbecues are permitted subject to the strict application of the conditions set out below. Gas and electric barbecues provided in public reserves/campsites may be used providing the barbecue is electric or gas fired and the barbecue is fixed permanent structure.

Portable gas and electric barbecues may be used provided: The barbecue is located within 20 metres of a permanent dwelling (mobile homes, caravans or tents are not classified as permanent dwellings).

Additional conditions that apply to the use of portable electric and gas fired barbecues and barbecues in public reserves and campsites:
  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbecue is completely cleared of flammable material.
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a tap with hose connected is ready for use
  • at least 10 litres of water is on hand in case of emergency.

Commercial caterers are required to obtain a special permit from your TFS Regional Office.

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