Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fire permit period starts

THE Tasmania Fire Service has declared a Fire Permit Period from midnight tonight for all of southern Tasmania and the Flinders municipality.

TFS acting chief officer Gavin Freeman said the longer term outlook was that the present dryer-than-average conditions will continue. "Without a change to the current rainfall levels, some parts of the state face an above-average fire season," Mr Freeman said.

A Fire Permit Period is not a ban on burning, but a means of co-ordinating and monitoring controlled burning. "This ensures fires are conducted safely and brigades are not called out unnecessarily," Mr Freeman said.

"Land owners throughout the state who are planning to conduct burns are still encouraged to do so, however they are now required to go through a relatively simple process of obtaining a fire permit prior to lighting.

"Campfires and barbecues do not need a permit, however, people must remain in attendance at all times whilst fires remain alight. Please check with your local council on burning restrictions," he said.

For information on how to obtain a fire permit free call 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au

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