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Fire service implements hot day response plan

WITH hot weather, dry and windy conditions and extreme fire danger forecast over the coming days, the Tasmania Fire Service has initiated a hot day response across the state, and a Total Fire Ban has been declared for southern Tasmania.

TFS deputy chief officer Matt Lowe said a total fire ban would be in effect for southern Tasmania from 2am on Thursday until 2am on Saturday. “This means that from 2am tomorrow, no fires will be permitted in the open in Southern Tasmania, including incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots, and wood-fuelled barbecues,” Mr Lowe said.

“Yesterday we announced that all southern fire permits were suspended until further notice, and now with a total fire ban in place, anyone planning on lighting even a small fire must not do so. These measures are designed to protect our communities, and keep people safe, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and co-operation,” he said.

“The current Fire Danger Rating forecasts are High for most districts on Thursday and Friday, and predicted to reach Extreme in the East Coast, Midlands, South East and Upper Derwent Valley on Thursday. Our statewide hot day response doubles the initial brigade response to any fires that do occur and our aerial firefighting fleet remains on hand ready to respond and support ground crews across Tasmania.”

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