FORECASTS of warm and windy weather and a very high fire danger have prompted the Tasmania Fire Service to urge landowners and campers to avoid lighting fires this weekend. The TFS warns that the weather conditions will increase the likelihood of fires escaping.
The warning on burning and campfires applies to people in the Derwent Valley, Central Highlands, Huon Valley, Clarence, Sorell, Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands and Kingborough council areas. “We’re expecting high temperatures paired with strong winds on Saturday which will increase the likelihood of burns escaping and becoming uncontrollable,” TFS acting regional chief Steve Richardson said.
“TFS has initiated a hot day response, which will double the brigade response to any fires that occur in the southern region. We will also have aircraft and incident management teams on standby to deal with any new fires that start. While TFS has these measures in place, we also ask landholders to remember their responsibility for keeping themselves and their neighbours safe. We strongly recommend holding off on burning and lighting campfires until after the Easter weekend, particularly on Friday and Saturday.
“Landholders must also remember that they are responsible for any fire they light on their property, and for keeping it contained to their own land. TFS will pursue prosecution for any burns that escape onto other properties. This responsibility extends to ensuring that any fires that have been lit in recent days and weeks are monitored over the weekend to ensure they don’t flare up and escape.”
Mr Richardson said favourable weather conditions were forecast during April, so there would be further opportunities for landholders to burn during autumn. People can call 1800 000 699 for advice on burning and to register future burns.
- Today: Maximum of 27 degrees forecast for New Norfolk (at 3pm it is 26.1C at Tyga-FM)
- Tomorrow (Good Friday): Maximum of 27 degrees forecast for New Norfolk
- Saturday: Maximum of 29 degrees forecast for New Norfolk
- Sunday (Easter): Maximum of 18 degrees forecast for New Norfolk (and wind your clock back one hour to Australian Eastern Standard Time)