A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the whole of Tasmania from midnight Friday 22nd of January 2016, until midnight Tuesday 26th of January 2016. During the Total Fire Ban it is a criminal offence to light a fire in the open air on any land, for any purpose.
Campers and others who intend to cook in the open should plan to use gas or electric stoves/BBQ’s provided they are clear of flammable material for a distance of three metres.
Over thirty fires started in the West, North West, and Northern regions of Tasmania on Wednesday 13th January 2016 as a result of lightning strikes.
Today’s milder weather conditions will assist with firefighting efforts throughout the West, North West and Northern areas, however fire under these conditions can still be difficult to control. Smoke will be impacting communities in these areas throughout the day.
There is no immediate threat.
Motorists, please drive to the conditions with headlights turned on and be aware of reduced speed limits. For information on current road closures, please visit Tasmania Police website at www.police.tas.gov.au and select Alerts.
People are advised to check Parks and Wildlife Service website for current walking track and reserve closures at www.parks.tas.gov.au
Travellers are advised to keep up to date on current fire conditions via the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to local ABC radio.
Further information on the current Total Fire Ban, as well as fire safety information can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au or by telephoning 1800 000 699.