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1. Occupant Rescued from Burning Mayfield Home Release Date: 2019-10-18
2. Mayfield Structure Fire Release Date: 2019-10-18
3. Home destroyed by fire in Zeehan Release Date: 2019-10-10
4. Structure Fire - Weymouth Road Pipers River Release Date: 2019-10-09
5. Structure Fire - Channel Highway Margate Release Date: 2019-10-08
6. Structure Fire - Channel Highway Margate Release Date: 2019-10-08
7. Structure Fire - Mathinna Road Mathinna Release Date: 2019-10-08
8. Structure Fire - Tompsons Lane Newnham Release Date: 2019-10-08
9. House in Beaconsfield destroyed by fire. Release Date: 2019-10-08
10. Structure Fire - High Street Beaconsfield Release Date: 2019-10-08
11. STRUCTURE FIRE TOTTENHAM ROAD GAGEBROOK Release Date: 2019-10-06
12. Structure Fire - Ronneby Road Newnham Release Date: 2019-10-05
13. Structure Fire - Maroneys Road Quamby Brook Release Date: 2019-10-01
14. Permit Declaration - Southern and Northern municipalities Release Date: 2019-09-28
15. Structure Fire - Gregory Street Mayfield Release Date: 2019-09-26
16. Total Fire Ban - Friday 4 January Release Date: 2019-01-03
17. Middleton's new fire station officially opens Release Date: 2018-12-14


Tasmania Fire Service

Occupant Rescued from Burning Mayfield Home

Date: 18 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Heath Bracey Phone: (03) 6169 4340 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

This morning at 02:41 the Launceston Fire Brigade were called to a structure fire at Lawson Street Mayfield. On arrival they found the front of the structure fully involved in fire. Crews were hampered by intense flames, fallen power lines and collapsing roof tiles. Firefighters entered the structure wearing breathing apparatus, located then rescued one female occupant from the burning home via the bedroom window. The occupant was treated by Tas Ambulance at the scene then transported to the Launceston General Hospital. Patient has been reported as stable.

Four Crews comprising of 16 Firefighters from Launceston and Rocherlea Fire Brigade attended this fire. No injuries were sustained by crews. Investigations will continue throughout the morning to determine the cause of the fire. Damage is estimated at $250,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Mayfield Structure Fire

Date: 18 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM MEDIA AND COMMS Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service have recieved multiple triple zero calls to a house on fire in Mayfield. Crews from Launceston and Rocherlea brigades have arrived to find the premise fully involved in fire. Police are also in attendance.



Tasmania Fire Service

Home destroyed by fire in Zeehan

Date: 10 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A Zeehan man was lucky to escape a fire in his house this morning.

TFS crews from Zeehan, Strahan and Queenstown were alerted to a fire in Federation Court, Zeehan at 6.40am today.

On arrival crews found the bedroom in the home on fire. The man was home at the time and noticed smoke coming from the bedroom. He safely escaped and there are no injuries reported.

"The cause of the fire was an unattended oil burner," said TFS Fire Investigator Ken Russell.

"The occupant of this home has had a very lucky escape as he was confronted with thick black smoke upon leaving his bathroom.

"The oil burner that used a tea light candle was only left unattended for around 10 minutes, which shows how quickly a fire can start and cause a major threat," said Mr Russell.

TFS reminds people to never leave candles unattended - if you have a candle burning and leave the room make sure to put the candle out first.

Damage to the property was estimated at around $400,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Weymouth Road Pipers River

Tasmania Fire Service recieved a 000 call to a shed on fire at 0412hrs. Crews from Pipers River and George Town are currently on-site, working to contain and bring the fire under control as the structure is burning very well. It is not know at this stage what is inside the premise. Police are also attending.

Date: 9 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM MEDIA AND COMMS Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Channel Highway Margate

Date: 8 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are responding to a house fire at Channel Highway Margate where the building is fully involved.

Further details will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Channel Highway Margate

Date: 8 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are responding to a house fire at Channel Highway Margate where the building is fully involved.

Further details will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Mathinna Road Mathinna

Date: 8 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS crews are responding to a shed fire at Mathinna Road, Mathinna.

Further details will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Tompsons Lane Newnham

Date: 8 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS crews from Rocherlea and Launceston are attending a structure fire at Tompsons Lane Newnham where a house is fully involved.

Further details will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

House in Beaconsfield destroyed by fire.

Date: 8 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS crews from Beaconsfield, Kelso and Gravelly Beach responded to a house fire in Beaconsfield at 10.20am today.

The house in High Street, Beaconsfield was fully engulfed in fire when crews arrived.

Firefighting efforts were hampered by a fallen powerline and the fire was bought under control in around 90 minutes.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported.

The fire investigation has determined that the fire was accidental and likely caused by an electrical fault in the mains cable within the wall cavity.

Damage is estimated at $300,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - High Street Beaconsfield

Date: 8 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS are responding to a structure fire at High Street Beaconsfield. Several triple zero callers reporting that the house is fully involved.

Further information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

STRUCTURE FIRE TOTTENHAM ROAD GAGEBROOK

Date: 6 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM MEDIA AND COMMS Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service have recieve a 000 call from a neighbour to a house in Tottenham Road Gagebrook with smoke issuing from the roof of the premise. Fire crews and Police are attending to investigate.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Ronneby Road Newnham

Date: 5 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are on the scene at a shed fire in Ronneby Road Newnham. Upon arrival they found a smouldering fire in the rear of a shed and fire crews have been able to quickly knock the fire down.

Damage and cause of the fire is unknown at this stage until a fire investigation has been completed.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Maroneys Road Quamby Brook

Date: 1 Oct 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are on the scene at a shed fire in Quamby Brook. The shed was well alight on arrival and fire crews have been able to quickly knock the fire down.

Damage and cause of the fire is unknown at this stage until a fire investigation has been completed.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire permits are now required for the following municipalities of Tasmania: Break O'Day, Sorell and Glamorgan Spring Bay.

A fire permit can be obtained by free calling 1800 000 699

Landowners in other municipalities are encouraged to register their burns by freecalling 1800 000 699 to avoid unnecessary brigade responses.

Permit Declaration



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Gregory Street Mayfield

Date: 26 Sep 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are responding to a shed fire which is fully involved.

Further details to follow when more information is available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Total Fire Ban - Friday 4 January

Date: 3 Jan 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the 24 hours from 2am Friday 4th January 2019 until 2am Saturday 5 January 2019 for southern and northern region municipalities (except Flinders).

A total fire ban applies to all outdoor fire, including incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots and wood-fuelled barbecues.

This will affect the following municipalities:

North: Meander Valley, Tamar Valley, Break O'Day, Northen Midlands, George Town, Dorset, Launceston.

South: Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands, Tasman.

Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate Very High into Severe fire danger ratings for several districts in the state for Friday 4 January.

The conditions are forecast to be windy and dry with temperatures in excess of 35 degrees in certain areas.

The declaration of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air.

Landowners with fires already burning or fires they have recently had on their property are required to make sure they are completely extinguished.

Some areas in the Southern and Northern Regions, particularly the South East, Upper Derwent Valley, and East Coast may see temperatures over 30 degrees and wind gusts up to 40km/h which will push fires rapidly making them dangerous and difficult to control.

"A number of the fires that occurred over the Christmas and New Year period proved very difficult to control. For fires that start on Friday with the conditions that are forecast it will be even worse," said Deputy Chief Officer, Bruce Byatt.

"It is vital that as a community we recognise the risks we face from bushfire, especially on days where the forecast fire danger will be challenging.

"People can assist with these challenges by promptly reporting fires via Triple Zero, preparing their properties, reviewing their bushfire survival plans and keeping up-to-date on changing conditions.

Tasmania Fire Service, in conjunction with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania has instigated a heightened state of readiness during Friday including strategically placed firefighting strike teams and aircraft, pre-formed incident management teams as well as extra firefighting resources to be on standby to quickly deal with any outbreaks of fire.

Tasmania Fire Service urges the public to heed the Total Fire Ban in place and to report any fires immediately by calling triple zero (000). Immediate reporting increases the likelihood that the fire can be contained quickly.

When instances of high fire danger occur, it is important that people know exactly what to do if a fire threatens their home or property. To assist with this planning, residents are encouraged to visit the Tasmania Fire Service website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans for their area. These are developed to provide assistance in the event of an emergency that will inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist in preparing individual emergency plans prior to a fire occurring.

More information on Total Fire Bans and incidents in your area can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au or by listening to ABC Radio.



Tasmania Fire Service

Middleton's new fire station officially opens

Date: 14 Dec 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: contact via media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

The new Middleton Fire Station will be officially opened today.

The new station is on the same site as the original station which was deliberately destroyed by fire in July last year.

TFS Deputy Chief Officer Bruce Byatt said TFS appreciated the patience of the community and the brigade's members while the re-build has been going through the planning and building process.

"The fire brigade has shown great resilience and patience while we have been working on providing them with a new fit-for-purpose station.

"The new station is over 70m2 larger than the old station and much more efficient in its layout. It includes an area for ventilation of clothing, space around the appliances for members to move around, and a training room.

"The loss of their original station was a trying and emotional time for members. We are very pleased to be opening their new facility today with more space and an improved design so the dedicated membership once again has a hub to work from and call their own.

"The brigade's response to incidents in the area was unaffected during this period, largely due to the generosity of a brigade member who housed two small fire trucks on his property, and an additional larger truck located at Woodbridge Station," he said.