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Fire service warning of hot days ahead

THE Tasmania Fire Service is once again urging Tasmanians to prepare for high temperatures and increased fire danger weather over the coming days. “We are expecting hot temperatures, windy weather and low humidity on Thursday and Friday, and the fire danger rating is forecast to reach High in many areas of Tasmania,” TFS chief officer Dermot Barry said.

“The conditions are expected to be similar to last Friday, but with the Tasmanian landscape at it’s driest as we reach the end of the summer months, we are urging all Tasmanians to be vigilant. TFS will be putting a hold on issuing fire permits from Thursday until Sunday in the south, and from Thursday until Monday in the north-west,” Mr Barry said.

“While we are not declaring a Total Fire Ban, we are asking people to think carefully before lighting campfires and using machinery, and if doing so please be extremely cautious. Over the coming days, Tasmania Fire Service and our fire partner agencies, Parks and Wildlife and Sustainable Timber Tasmania, will have firefighters, aircraft and incident management teams on standby and prepared ready to respond to any fires that may start.

“These measures are routine for hot weather and high fire danger periods, but we also ask community members to take responsibility for keeping themselves and their neighbours safe. As a preventative measure, any landowner who has recently had a fire on their property is urged to check the fire area immediately to ensure it is properly extinguished ahead of the hot weather.”

Mr Barry said the fire service was also also asking people to limit the possibility of fires starting by familiarising themselves with information about operating machinery and equipment around dry vegetation and in hot conditions. “People living in a bushfire prone area are urged to prepare their property, review their Bushfire Plan, and keep up-to-date on changing conditions as the warm weather progresses,” he said.

“If anyone doesn’t already have a Bushfire Plan prepared, now is the time to do a ‘5-minute bushfire plan’ – a template is available on the TFS website. It is especially important if you and your family are in unfamiliar locations, for example camping or visiting friends.”

Anyone who sees a fire burning in the open over the coming days is urged to report promptly to Triple Zero (000). For all TFS bushfire warnings and alerts visit TasALERT.com or listen to ABC Local Radio.

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