Community alerts and road closures

Total Fire Ban - Southern Region of Tasmania

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 - 7:51am

Due to the predicted high temperatures and winds for today 6 February, a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Southern Region (the municipalities of Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan/Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman) from 5 February 2013 until midnight 6 February 2013.

The TFS is asking people to remain vigilant tomorrow as parts of the state will reach temperatures into the low thirties coupled with high winds.

Chief Officer Mike Brown said “Very high fire danger ratings are expected in some areas and fires which start under these conditions can become difficult to control. Given the warmer conditions we have had so far this year, fuels are very dry and there is an abundant supply”.

Members of the public need to make sure any fires lit on their properties over the last week are completely extinguished. This means making sure fires that have been extinguished are cool to touch. Special care must be taken when using machinery that emits sparks, such as mowers, slashers, grinders and other cutting tool, as this type of activity has the potential to start fires”.

While the ban is in place please avoid non-essential water use. Turning off sprinkler systems and using hoses sparingly will help ensure that water is available for firefighting and protecting properties should it be required.

People should monitor the local ABC radio station or visit TFS website (www.fire.tas.gov.au) to keep up to date with conditions. Mr Brown said everyone living in and around the bush needs to review their Bushfire Survival Plan now and be prepared to implement that plan if required. Details on how to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan, preparing your property for bushfires, or other fire safety tips can be found on the TFS website.

Mr Brown said: “There are significant penalties that can be imposed on anyone not adhering to the Total Fire Ban restrictions”.

All fires should be reported by dialling '000'.