• A planned burn in Tassie
    A planned burn in Tassie

​​​​​​Tassie's Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) fire staff have been busy across the state over the past few months preparing for and carrying out scheduled planned burns.

Undertaken for fuel reduction, asset protection, cultural and natural values protection and ecological reasons - these planned burns are high on the 'to do' list.

Planned burns aim to reduce the chance of uncontrolled wildfire over the warmer months.

This year March presented some very stable weather across Tasmania. Agencies were able to commence their planned burning programs.

Fire Planning Officers consider a range of factors including natural, cultural and community values which are specific to each planned burn location.

The vegetation type, flammability and ability to regenerate are all considered in determining the required intensity of the planned burn.

In recent months planned burns have been completed in reserves at Port Sorell, Stieglitz, Coles Bay Orford, Cygnet, Coningham, Savage River, Scotts Peak Dam and within the Peter Murrell Reserve.

Conservation values were the main focus last week with burns undertaken at Melaleuca in the Southwest National Park.

The critically endangered orange-bellied Parrots have headed back to their winter feeding grounds in Victoria.

With the favourable conditions prevailing, planned burns were successfully undertaken at Melaleuca to promote fresh regrowth and food resources for the threatened species.

Reducing the fuel loading around the Melaleuca infrastructure, historic homes and the airstrip were also objectives of this burn.

In the coming weeks burns are scheduled for Binalong Bay, Flinders Island and during the annual shutdown in late May on the Three Capes Track.

Monitoring every changing weather window, burn planners are balancing competing resources and logistics to ensure they can be resourced with appropriate staff, equipment and vehicles.

Future burns planned for late autumn, weather permitting, include reserves at Arthur River, King Island, Bruny Island, Gladstone, and Lefroy.

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