TFS fire per­mit pe­riod in place

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

THE Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice has de­clared a fire per­mit pe­riod for the Der­went Val­ley and all other south­ern mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Cen­tral High­lands.

Fire per­mits were also de­clared last week for three North­ern and four North­West re­gions.

TFS deputy chief of­fi­cer Bruce By­att said an in­crease in es­caped pri­vate haz­ard re­duc­tion burns in the past fort­night prompted TFS to pro­vide com­mu­nity bush­fire pro­tec­tion.

“Around much of the state there is dry veg­e­ta­tion ready to burn and it’s time to put the ap­pro­pri­ate pro­tec­tions in place for peo­ple wish­ing to burn on their prop­erty,” he said.

“As we move into warmer and drier con­di­tions, peo­ple need to be ex­tremely care­ful us­ing fire.

“The dec­la­ra­tion of the fire per­mit pe­riod is not de­signed to dis­cour­age peo­ple from burn­ing, but it is a way of re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of es­caped fires be­cause peo­ple will be burn­ing when the con­di­tions are right.”

For in­for­ma­tion on how to get a per­mit call 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au.

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