Total fire ban

A TOTAL fire ban has been declared for the Southern Region from 12.01am Tuesday, January 17, until midnight. This includes the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands as well as Brighton, Clarence, Glamorgan/Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman.

“Due to the revised Bureau of Meteorology forecast for hot, dry and windy conditions, Tasmania Fire Service has banned all fires out of doors in the Southern Region,” TFS chief officer Mike Brown said today. “The vegetation in most of the state has dried out despite the recent light rain and forecast conditions will cause any fires to develop quickly making control difficult.”

Mr Brown encouraged everyone who lives in or near the bush to take responsibility for their own safety, the safety of their families and their property. “If you live near the bush or paddocks, review your bushfire survival plan and be prepared to implement that plan if required,” he said.

The use in the open of cutting, welding or other similar equipment that can cause a fire is included in this ban. Operators of agricultural machinery used to harvest crops or slash grass are encouraged to take particular care, although their use is not included in this ban.

“There are significant penalties that can be imposed on anyone not adhering to both the Total Fire Ban restrictions and Tasmania Police are planning to conduct regular patrols,” Mr Brown said.

All fires should be reported by dialling 000 and asking for the fire service.

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