TFS fire permit period in place
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.