Park camp­fire bans kick in af­ter dry spell

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

CAMP­FIRES, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will not be al­lowed in sev­eral of the state’s na­tional parks and re­serves from Wed­nes­day.

Tas­ma­nian Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice state fire man­ager Paul Black said the re­stric­tions would ap­ply to re­serves on the North coast from Port Sorell to Mt Wil­liam, on the East Coast from Mt Wil­liam to Or­ford, and on Maria, King and Flinders is­lands.

Mr Black said the re­stric­tions would help re­duce the risk of bush­fires af­ter an ex­tremely dry pe­riod in the east- ern coastal strip and be­low aver­age rain­fall in the North.

“In the cur­rent dry con­di­tions, camp­fires can eas­ily es­cape, spread rapidly, are dif­fi­cult to con­trol and threaten peo­ple in camp­grounds and nearby com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Re­stric­tions have also been im­posed on the use of pot fires as sparks, em­bers and dis­posal of ash from pot fires can also pro­vide an ig­ni­tion source.”

Gas stoves and gas bar­be­cues will be per­mit­ted.

Visit https://www.parks.tas. gov.au/in­dex.aspx?base=49824 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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