Friday, February 6, 2015

Very high fire danger tomorrow

Tasmania Fire Service
High Fire Risk for Saturday, February 7

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is encouraging 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 parts of Tasmania. The elevated temperatures will mean fire permits in Southern municipalities will not be issued on Saturday, February 7. Municipalities include: Brighton, Derwent Valley, Hobart, Sorell, Central Highlands , Glamorgan Spring Bay, Huon Valley, Southern Midlands, Clarence, Glenorchy, Kingborough and Tasman

TFS deputy chief officer Gavin Freeman said anyone with a fire on their property in the Southern municipalities must ensure the fire is completely extinguished today. "Hot weather is predicted for Saturday and even though we have experienced rainfall recently, finer bushfire fuels across the state are quickly drying. The East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East districts are all forecast to have Very High fire danger ratings. 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 temperature and wind increase," Mr Freeman 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. These fires have resulted in significant damage to peoples property, 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 before leaving it unattended," he said.

"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 TFS website to keep up to date with any fire information that may be near you.

"With the very dry 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 can start fires.

"Tasmanians living in and around the bush need to ensure they have an up-to-date 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, please visit the TFS website," Mr Freeman said.

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