Friday, January 2, 2015

High fire danger this weekend

THE Tasmania Fire Service has encouraged people across the state to take extra care this weekend as they enjoy the warm weather. The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted high to very high fire dangers in many parts of Tasmania.

TFS acting chief officer Gavin Freeman said hot and dry weather was predicted this weekend and despite the recent cooler weather conditions vegetation across the state is still dry and will become dryer as the weather warms.

"Bushfires will start easily and could very quickly develop into large fires that are difficult to control. People need to be ready to act, especially as the temperatures and wind increase," Mr Freeman said. "There are currently fire permit requirements across the state, however as of midnight tonight there will be an embargo on the issue of permits for the whole of the state," he said.

People heading off camping and bush walking over the weekend are asked to take their gas cooking equipment and avoid using open fires. "There have been a number of fires in past years which have started as a result of campfires not being completely extinguished," Mr Freeman said. "These fires have resulted in significant damage to the environment and endangered lives. People who light campfires must ensure the fire is never left unattended and they need to turn the coals over and use water to ensure the fire is completely extinguished."

"If you are holidaying or a visitor to our state and are enjoying our wonderful natural bushland remember that Tasmania is one of the most bushfire prone areas in Australia. You should monitor the local radio stations or visit the TFS website to keep up to date with fire information that may threaten you.

"With the drying conditions in many areas, extra care must be taken when using machinery that emit sparks, such as mowers, slashers, grinders and other cutting tools, as this type of activity may start fires.

"Tasmanians living in and around the bush need to review their Bushfire Survival Plan and be prepared to implement that plan if required. Details on how to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan, preparing your property for bushfires, or other fire safety tips can be found on the TFS website," Mr Freeman said.

  • Check your local fire danger rating here.

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