Autumn burns planned for Hobart area

BUSHLAND surrounding Hobart is the target of an intensive bushfire fuel reduction program throughout autumn.

The fuel reduction burns are part of the City of Hobart’s $1.9 million annual bushfire mitigation program, which is designed to protect the community, properties and natural environment from bushfire.

The City carries out major fuel reduction burns in spring and autumn, but autumn’s higher rainfall and wetter conditions make it ideal for reducing bushfire loads.

Fuel reduction burns reduce the build-up of flammable vegetation on the forest floor and create safer firefighting conditions in the event of a bushfire.

“The fires that burnt across Tasmania last summer were a reminder that we are never far from dangerous fire conditions,” City of Hobart bushland manager John Fisher said.

“Climate change is adding to that risk by increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather.

“Our fuel reduction burns and fuel breaks are the best insurance policy we have for protecting lives and property from bushfires.”

Residents can minimise risk by making their properties bushfire-safe.

Actions such as removing grass clippings, dead branches and leaf litter from around the house and immediate surroundings can help homes survive a bushfire.

The burns are weather dependent and will be carried out across 246 hectares of bushland including at Knocklofty Reserve, Ridgeway Park, Bicentennial Park, Wellington Park and the Queens Domain.

During controlled burns, smoke may be experienced in the surrounding are.

Care will be taken to minimise the impact on residents, but residents with health or breathing conditions that may be aggravated by smoke are advised to stay indoors with windows and doors closed.

For more information on bushfire hazard reduction burns, visit hobartcity.com.au/bushfirehazardreduction.

Caption: City of Hobart fire and biodiversity team member Geoff Cook prepares for a bushfire fuel reduction burn. Photo credit: City of Hobart.

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