THE Tasmania Fire Service has declared a Total Fire Ban for the 24 hours from 2am Tuesday, October 29, until 2am Wednesday, October 30, for all municipalities in the state’s south. The declaration of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air, including incinerators, burn offs, campfires, fire pots and wood-fuelled barbecues.
This will affect the following municipalities: Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman.
“Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate Very High fire danger ratings for several districts tomorrow, with a dry air mass and windy conditions predicted to cross the south and east of the state,” TFS acting deputy chief officer Shane Batt said.
“Landowners with fires already burning or fires they have recently had on their property must ensure they are properly extinguished today. A number of bushfires TFS crews have responded to in the last week were started by out of control hazard reduction burns, so it is vital that landowners are vigilant ahead of the total fire ban,” he said.
“People can assist with the challenging conditions by promptly reporting fires via Triple Zero (000), preparing their properties, reviewing their bushfire survival plans and keeping up-to-date on changing conditions,” Mr Batt said.
Immediately reporting fires increases the likelihood that fires can be contained quickly. More information on Total Fire Bans and incidents can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au or by listening to ABC Radio.
Fire Weather Warning
for the East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts
For Tuesday 29 October:
East Coast, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.fire.tas.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.