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SUNDAY: Total Fire Ban for southern Tasmania

THE Tasmania Fire Service has declared a Total Fire Ban from 2am tomorrow, March 3, until 2am on Monday for the southern region of the state. The Total Fire Ban applies to the municipalities of: Derwent Valley Central Highlands, Brighton Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman.

A total fire ban means it is illegal to light or to cause a fire in the open. This includes (but is not limited to) incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots, and wood-fueled barbecues. Operating commercial appliances such as pizza ovens, conducting hot works, forest operations and use of machinery will be permitted, provided they adhere with the relevant guidelines available on the TFS website.

People are reminded to check all fires they may have had on their property, including any campfires to ensure they are fully extinguished and to check their Bushfire Plan. More information on Total Fire Bans and incidents in your area can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au or by listening to ABC Radio.

TFS acting southern regional chief Phil Smith said a fire permit suspension in southern Tasmania had already been announced, but with forecast conditions worsening, a Total Fire Ban was necessary. “While temperatures aren’t expected to be particularly high, strong winds and dry conditions means this is the safest way to protect our communities. These decisions are made in the best interest of our community members, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and co-operation.”

“Firefighting efforts in the Central Highlands and surrounding areas are continuing to make good progress, and while we have other resources on hand for the weekend if required, we really need Tasmanians to help us keep our communities safe,” Mr Smith said.

“Fires are also continuing to emerge from the recent lightning strikes on Wednesday evening. We have had several starts which crews and aircraft have managed and will continue surveillance flights across the state. Our message to people this weekend is to stay alert, make good decisions, and report any fire or smoke activity to us immediately on Triple Zero (000).”

See more Derwent Valley and Central Highlands news online and read our print edition every second Friday.

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