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Media Releases

1. Structure Fire - Calais Street, Mowbray Release Date: 2020-01-21
2. TFS to send specialist truck to Victoria Release Date: 2020-01-21
3. Media opportunity today - specialist fire truck to be deployed to Victoria Release Date: 2020-01-21
4. Structure Fire - Canning Street Launceston Release Date: 2020-01-19
5. Structure Fire - Ogilvie Lane, Richmond Release Date: 2020-01-18
6. Scamander Structure Fire Release Date: 2020-01-13
7. Structure Fire - Scamander Tourist Park, Scamander Release Date: 2020-01-12
8. Structure Fire - Rokeby Release Date: 2020-01-09
9. Bushfire update - Tuesday 7 January Release Date: 2020-01-07
10. Holy Rosary Catholic School Structure Fire Release Date: 2020-01-07
11. Structure Fire - Holy Rosary Primary School Release Date: 2020-01-06
12. Fire update within the State Release Date: 2020-01-06
13. Conditions ease across Tasmania firegrounds Release Date: 2020-01-05
14. Media Alert: Firefighters to depart tomorrow morning to assist NSW Release Date: 2020-01-05
15. Briefing at 3.00pm today at Youngtown Release Date: 2020-01-05
16. Garage Fire - Parker Street, Devonport Release Date: 2020-01-04
17. Tasmanian Bushfires Update Release Date: 2020-01-04
18. Community Meeting - Elderslie/Broadmarsh - Sunday 5th January Release Date: 2020-01-04
19. Media Alert: Fingal Media Escort Today Release Date: 2020-01-04
20. Media Alert: Briefing at 3.00pm today at Youngtown Release Date: 2020-01-04
21. Key updates to media Release Date: 2020-01-03
22. Spreyton Structure Fire Release Date: 2020-01-03
23. Structure Fire Sheffield Road Spreyton Release Date: 2020-01-02
24. Tasmania Bushfire Update Release Date: 2020-01-02
25. Bushfire Information Session - Broadmarsh & Elderslie - 2 January 2020 Release Date: 2020-01-01
26. Tasmanian bushfires update Release Date: 2020-01-01
27. Media Alert: Briefing at 3.00pm today at Youngtown Release Date: 2020-01-01
28. Pelham Road fire update - community meeting at 7pm tonight Release Date: 2019-12-31
29. Bushfire Information Session - Mangana Road Fire Release Date: 2019-12-31
30. Transcript from media conference - 3pm Monday 30 December Release Date: 2019-12-30
31. Lightning to pose a risk this afternoon Release Date: 2019-12-30
32. Structure Fire - Barron Avenue Goodwood Release Date: 2019-12-30
33. Extreme fire danger expected for Monday Release Date: 2019-12-29
34. Structure Fire - Tottenham Road, Gagebrook Release Date: 2019-12-29
35. Media Release Release Date: 2019-12-28
36. Media Conference Release Date: 2019-12-28
37. Total Fire Ban - Today until Tuesday 31st December Release Date: 2019-12-28
38. Structure Fire - Takone Street, Geilston Bay Release Date: 2019-12-28
39. New resource for students aims to build community resilience Release Date: 2019-11-08
40. Permit Declaration - State-wide Release Date: 2019-10-28
41. Total Fire Ban - Friday 4 January Release Date: 2019-01-03
42. Middleton's new fire station officially opens Release Date: 2018-12-14


Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Calais Street, Mowbray

Date: 21 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Three crews are attending a shed that is on fire in Calais Street, Mowbray,. On arrival it was reported that the shed was going well.
More information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS to send specialist truck to Victoria

Date: 21 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A fire truck with specialist capabilities, and three firefighters, will head to Victoria today to assist with a fire burning in peat in the Gippsland region.

"Tasmania is at the forefront of compressed air foam system technology and will deploy a truck fitted with the system. This resource will be of great benefit to Victorian crews managing this particular fire," said Chief Officer Chris Arnol

The heavy tanker truck, fitted with a state of the art compressed air foam system (CAFS), can hold 8000 litres of water and 200 litres of concentrate that mixes to create a foam. The aerated foam makes water use more efficient and increases the cooling effect by penetrating deeper into burning fuels.

"CAFS can be a very effective method for managing and extinguishing peat fires when they are accessible to fire trucks. The blanket of foam can also filtrate the smoke to remove some of the toxic emissions that can generate from peat.

"Tasmania's fire agencies will continue to send resources interstate to assist with the bushfire emergencies for as long as that resourcing can be sustained.

"With normal February conditions expected, and dry vegetation and low rainfall, the threat of bushfires for Tasmania this bushfire season is not over.

"Tasmanians should note what's happening interstate and prepare for further bushfire conditions." Mr Arnol said.

The resources will be deployed to Victoria for seven days with the possibility of an extension.

For more information about how to prepare your property and develop a Bushfire Survival Plan visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or free call 1800 000 699.



Tasmania Fire Service

Media opportunity today - specialist fire truck to be deployed to Victoria

Date: 21 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A fire truck with a specialised compressed air foam system, and three firefighters will head to Victoria today to assist with a fire burning in peat in the Gippsland region.

A media opportunity will be available today prior to the departure of the resources.

Time: 2pm

Location: Devonport Fire Station, 5 Victoria Parade Devonport.

Media release to follow.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Canning Street Launceston

Date: 19 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service received multiple triple zero calls to a building on fire in Launceston. Crews from Launceston have arrived to find a large amount of smoke issuing from the roof. No further details at this stage but will be provided when more information is available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Ogilvie Lane, Richmond

Date: 18 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Four crews are attending a hayshed that is on fire in Ogilvie Lane, Richmond. On arrival it was reported that the hayshed was fully involved in fire.
More information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmania Fire Service fire investigators are currently working to determine the cause of a fire at Scamander Avenue, Scamander last night which destroyed a cabin at a local caravan park.

Fire crews from Scamander, St Helens and St Marys were called to the fire just after 7:30pm last night to find a caravan on fire.

Firefighters limited the spread of the fire to the caravan, damage was caused to a car adjacent to the fire also.

Further information will be provided once a cause has been determined.

Scamander Structure Fire

Date: 13 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: firecomm Phone:1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Scamander Tourist Park, Scamander

Date: 12 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS crews are currently responding to a cabin on fire at the Scamander Tourist Park

Further details will be given when available



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Rokeby

Date: 9 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Three crews are attending a structure fire in Duntroon Drive Rokeby. Futher information will be provided when available.



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Bushfire update - Tuesday 7 January

Fire crews have used favourable weather conditions to continue to contain fires burning in Tasmania.

Fingal

There are two separate fires burning in the Fingal area (not six fires as is being reported). One of those fires is burning to the north of Fingal, referred to as Mangana Road, and one to the south of Fingal referred to as the Mt Malcolm fire. There will be further back burning continued tomorrow and consolidation boundaries.

Mangana Road fire (north of Fingal):

4 x Advice alerts for different communities on different flanks of the fire.

  1. Tyne Valley (north west of Mangana fire) -
  2. Tower Hill Area (north of Mangana fire)
  3. Mangana (South west of Mangana fire)
  4. Mathinna Rd, Fingal to Mathinna (east of Mangana fire)

Back burning is taking place at all of the above listed fires to secure and consolidate boundaries, further information to come tomorrow.

Mt Malcolm fire (south of Fingal):

2 x Advice alerts for different communities on different flanks of the fire.

  1. Valley Road, Fingal (north of Mt Malcolm fire)
  2. Royal George and Mount Puzzler (south of Mt Malcolm fire)

Both of these fires still have active fire however back burning has commenced to ensure containment lines and boundaries are secured.

Further back burning was conducted today to assist with containing the fire. The burns were conducted in the following areas: Barney's Road and Rossarden Road, Meadstone Falls Road, Cat and Kitten Creek and Valley Road.

Two community meetings will be held on Thursday in relation to the Fingal fires:

2pm Fingal Neighbourhood House, 20 Talbot Street, Fingal

4pm from the St Marys Town Hall at 23 Main Street, St Marys.

A number of road closures are still in place, so people travelling to Fingal and surrounds should check http://www.police.tas.gov.au/alerts/road-closures before heading to the area.

Burnt area

Mangana Road: 10,736 hectares

Mount Malcolm: 7469 hectares

Pelham

Remote area crews have been working to extinguish hotspots in steep terrain.

The fire is contained with its boundaries and there are no warnings currently in place.

An aircraft with infrared scanning technology will survey the fireground for hotspots tomorrow morning.

Burnt area: 2200 hectares

Pearce Basin

The fire has been contained to its current size due to firefighting efforts by water bombing aircraft and ground crews.

Burnt area: 2733 hectares

Memana Flinders Island

The fire at Foochow Conservation Area on Flinders Island has been contained and remains at 2878 hectares. 7mm of rain has fallen on the fireground and more rainfall is expected over the coming days.

Burnt area: 2878 hectares

All of these fires are under control at this time. Back burning and containment lines will be secured over the next day prior to warmer weather coming on Thursday 9 December 2020.

Date: 7 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Holy Rosary Catholic School Structure Fire

Date: 7 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Glenorchy crew responded to a structure fire at Holy Rosary Primary School last night at 8:34pm. On arrival at the premise there was visible smoke at the back of the school. Hobart, Claremont and Bridgewater crews responded to assist at the request of Senior Station Officer Michael Netherton. Upon investigation a cubby house in the playground of the school positioned against an external wall was found to be well alight and due to its location against the external school wall the fire quickly extended to classrooms within. 4 fire fighters in BA entered the premise to extinguish this fire and prevent further fire extension into the structure. Four of the classrooms have been damaged due to this fire.

The investigation for the cause of this fire and estimated damage will be undertaken this morning 7th December 2020.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Holy Rosary Primary School

Date: 6 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Four crews are attending a Structure fire at Holy Rosary Primary School, fire has impacted classrooms and crews are working to bring the fire under control.

More information will be provided when available.



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Fire update within the State

Date: 6 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Firefighters across Tasmania are working hard today to consolidate boundaries ahead of the warmer weather towards the end of this week.

Aircrafts, machinery and remote area firefighters are all working towards dropping advice levels and ensuring community safety across the state.

The Tasmania Fire Service encourages the public to be prepared, remain vigilant and to have a Bushfire Survival Plan. Make yourself familiar with nearby safer places and access further information on our website www.fire.tas.gov.au

Fingal Complex

A bushfire which started at Fingal on 29 December 2019 is approximately 16078 hectares in area which has been burnt with a perimeter of 93km.

There are currently four Watch and Act level alerts in place for Mangana Road, Valley Road, Tower Hill, Fingal and Surrounds.

There are three Advice level alerts in place for Royal George to Nowhere Else, Mathinna Road and Tyne Valley.

The Incident Controller is working hard to suppress the fires in the area of Fingal and understand that there are multiple warnings in place, this is due to the fires being separate in nature. There are multiple warning levels in place for the Fingal and Mangana area please ensure that you aware of the warning levels for your area by visiting the TFS website.

Bushfire information will be available at the Fingal Fire Station from 3pm today till 8pm tonight, Stieglitz Street, Fingal.

The Nearby Safer Place at Fingal is no longer available due to air operations. The closest Nearby Safer Place is at St Marys.

Pelham Road

The Pelham Road fire that started on 30 December 2019 has burnt 2100 hectares of bushland. The final boundary consolidation is occurring for Joes Gully and areas of the south eastern corner of the fire. Boundaries between Honners Road and Beamish Road are in patrol.

Hotspots are being identified and extinguished on the south eastern corner. Remote area crews have been positioned on the northern edge and at Joes Gully to extinguish any harder to reach hot spots.

Dangerous trees in Pelham Road, Honners Road, Horners Road and Bluff Road have been made safe and the roads have been re-opened with adjusted speed limits that apply. This fire is at Advice level.

Foochow Conservation Area

This current bushfire has fire still burning however within well consolidated containment lines. The total area of burnt hectares is 2878. Fire crews are monitoring this fire, it is at a No alert level.

Pearce Basin

This fire started on December 22, 2019 and has burnt 2730 hectares. This fire spread has moved in a south easterly direction. Crews are currently working to fully extinguish four main areas of this fire that have been identified as hot spots. Aircraft are working to support ground crews on the ground and airlifting firefighters to areas with difficult ground access. An infrared scan flight will take place on Tuesday 7th January to detect any further hotspots that require extinguishment. This fire is at Advice level.

A smoke alert has been issued today by the Tasmania Fire Service for the Greater Hobart area to advise of smoke being visible from the Fingal and Pelham fires. Communities are still being encouraged to call "000" if there is any sign of other fire starts within the state.

There is potential for another spike in weather conditions later in the week however the Tasmania Fire Service website will keep you up to date.

Road closures are being managed by Tasmania Police. For additional information, on road closures, visit https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

The public should monitor conditions and keep up to date by monitoring the TFS website and listening to ABC local radio.



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Conditions ease across Tasmania firegrounds

Date: 5 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - State Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: stateops.media@fire.tas.gov.au

Conditions easing across firegrounds are assisting firefighters to work to control fires burning across Tasmania today. Firefighters, supported by machinery and aircraft will take advantage of favourable weather conditions over the coming days to build and strengthen control lines on all fires, before the fire danger may increase later in the week.

Conditions remain dry in Tasmania, particularly in the east. Tasmania Fire Service is reminding all Tasmanian's to be prepared, remain vigilant and to have a Bushfire Survival Plan. Further information can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au

A group of 41 Tasmanian firefighters are being deployed to New South Wales tomorrow morning to assist with the ongoing bushfires crisis.

Fingal Complex

A bushfire which started at Fingal on 29 December 2019 is approximately 14630 hectares.

Watch and Act level alerts are in place for Valley Road, Tower Hill, Fingal and Surrounds.

An Advice level alert is in place for Royal George to Nowhere Else, Mangana and Mathinna Road.

A Smoke Alert is currently in place for the north east from Binalong Bay to Beaumaris.

Longer term strategies are in place, including back burning as conditions allow to slow the spread and control the fire.

Today there are 32 fire trucks, 99 personnel, 7 aircraft and machinery working on this fire.

A bushfire information drop-in centre is operating at the Fingal Neighbourhood House, 20 Talbot Street for fire information from 9am-5pm and from 5pm-8pm at the Fingal Fire Station. From Monday a bushfire information drop-in centre is at the Fingal Neighbourhood House from 9am-3pm; then 3pm-8pm at the Fingal Fire Station.

The Nearby Safer Place at Fingal is no longer available due to air operations. The closest Nearby Safer Place is at St Marys. There is currently no evacuation centre in place with residents of Mangana returning to the area today.

Pelham Road

This fire continues to burn within containment line. There has been some property damage, mostly out buildings, fences and vehicles (1 house, 11 out buildings, and 13 vehicles).

Firefighters supported by machinery continue to identify, consolidate and strengthen containment lines. Crews continue to black out on the Northern edges and South Eastern corner. Hazardous tree assessments and removal continues.

Local road conditions may have changed and people are asked to take care when driving and obey all signage in and around the fire affected areas.

A drop in information session is taking place today (3pm - 7pm) for residents at the Broadmarsh Community Hall.

Pearce Basin

This fire continues to burn, however conditions have eased across the fireground. This fire has burnt through two main areas, one to the north of Twelvetrees Range and the other to the south in the Junction Range. Remote area fire teams continue to work on the identified hot spots on active fire lines on the south eastern corner. Firefighters are being airlifted into the fire and using hose lays and portable dams to support firefighting operations. Firefighters, supported by water bombing aircraft, are working to establish containment lines.

Flinders Island

There is a fire in the Foochow Conservation Area, Memana, Flinders Island which is approximately 2800 hectares. There may be smoke and fire activity within the burnt area for some time. Firefighting crews are continuing to control the fire.

Road closures are being managed by Tasmania Police. For additional information, on road closures, visit https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

The public should monitor conditions and keep up to date by monitoring the TFS website and listening to ABC local radio.



Tasmania Fire Service

Media Alert: Firefighters to depart tomorrow morning to assist NSW

Date: 5 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

There will be a media opportunity to interview Regional Fire Controller Ian Bounds at the Launceston Airport at 8.00am Monday morning.

- 29 Firefighters will depart Launceston Airport

- 12 Firefighters will depart Devonport Airport

Please meet Ian Bounds at the Tasmanian Aero Club (Southern Apron).



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Briefing at 3.00pm today at Youngtown

Date: 5 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - State Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: stateops.media@fire.tas.gov.au

A media briefing will be held at Tasmania Fire Service Northern Region Headquaters (339 Hobart Road) at 3.00pm today.

An update will be provided regarding the Fingal bushfires and other bushfires in Tasmania.



Tasmania Fire Service

Garage Fire - Parker Street, Devonport

Date: 4 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Two fire crews have responded to a garage fire that is going well.
Further details to follow when more information is available



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Tasmanian Bushfires Update

Date: 4 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: stateops.media@fire.tas.gov.au

A Total Fire Ban is in place today for the North and South of the State until 2.00am on Sunday, 5 January 2020. TFS have additional strike teams and aircraft in place ready to respond if required. As at 4.30pm today there has been no new fire starts of major concern.

Smoke from Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania has been impacting the state at varying times. People with medical conditions, especially respiratory problems should stay inside out of the smoke.

Fingal Complex:
There is a bushfire which started at Fingal on 29 December 2019 which is approximately 11650 hectares.
Watch and Act warnings are in place for Mangana, Mt Malcom, Tower Hill, Fingal and Surrounds.
There is an Advice warning in place for Royal George to Nowhere Else and Mathinna Road.
Longer term strategies are in place, including ridge top lighting to work to slow the spread and control this fire in the long term.
There are currently 33 tankers, 97 personnel, 9 aircraft and multiple machinery working on this fire.
A community information session was held at the Fingal Neighbourhood House yesterday afternoon with approximately 90 people in attendance.
There is no Evacuation Centre open but a drop-in centre is at the Fingal Neighbourhood House, 20 Talbot Street for fire information from 8am-8pm.
The Nearby Safer Place at Fingal is no longer available due to air operations. The closest Nearby Safer Place is at St Marys.

Pelham:
There is a bushfire which started at Pelham Road, Pelham on 30 December 2019 which is approximately 2050 hectares.
The current alert level for this fire is 'Advice.'
There is no immediate threat to any of these communities but this fire is still active and remains uncontrolled.
There are currently 25 tankers, 75 personnel, 4 aircraft and multiple machinery working on this fire.

Strathgordon:
There is a bushfire at Pearce Basin, north of Strathgordon which is approximately 2700 hectares.
The current alert level for this fire is 'Advice.'
There is no immediate threat to any communities in the area but the fire is still active and remains uncontrolled.
There are currently 25 personnel, 3 aircraft and one boat working on this fire.

Memana:
There is a fire in the Foochow Conservation Area, Memana, Flinders Island which is approximately 2878 hectares with a 35km boundary.
There may be visible smoke and fire activity within the burnt area for some time. Fire crews are working to contain the fire.
There are currently 7 tankers, 18 personnel and 1 aircraft working on this fire.

Road closures are being managed by Tasmania Police. For additional information, on road closures, visit https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

The public should monitor conditions and keep up to date by monitoring the TFS website and listening to ABC local radio.



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Community Meeting - Elderslie/Broadmarsh - Sunday 5th January

Date: 4 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - State Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

An information drop-in centre will be open on Sunday 5th January. Call in and a Tasmania Fire Service, Community Liaision Officer will be on hand for anyone who would like to ask questions about the Pelham Road fire.

Time: 3.00pm to 7.00pm

Where: Broadmarsh Community Hall (1218 Elderslie Road)



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Media Alert: Fingal Media Escort Today

Date: 4 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - State Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A media escort will be available today at 12.00pm.

Please meet Warren Frey at the Fingal Fire Station.

Full personal protective clothing and media accreditation.

Please note this is subject to change at late notice.



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Media Alert: Briefing at 3.00pm today at Youngtown

Date: 4 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - State Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A media briefing will be held at Tasmania Fire Service Northern Region Headquaters (339 Hobart Road) at 3.00pm today.

An update will be provided on the current fire situation, today's Total Fire Ban and the fire station robberies overnight.

Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police will be available for interviews.



Tasmania Fire Service

Bushfire key updates - 3 January

Date: 3 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Phone: 1800 000 699

Cause of Collinsvale Road, Glenlusk

The Glenlusk fire was deemed to be accidental and was caused by hot coals from a firepot being discarded in the bush.

Total hectares burnt

Total hectares burnt this financial year in Tasmania: 27,426 hectares.

Property loss

1 x house in Pelham Road fire (located at Elderslie)

1 x house in Fingal Comples of fires (Tower Hill Road)

Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban applies from 2am Saturday 4 Jan until 2am Sunday 5 Jan for all municipalities in the south and north due to very high fire danger. The total fire ban does not apply on the west coast and north west.

See www.fire.tas.gov.au for locations.

Fingal complex of fires

There is potential for the fire to break containment get into Douglas Apsley which will depend on conditions. Fire crews and incident management teams are working hard to prevent that from happening.

People should not be alarmed by this. However, people located on the East Coast from Bicheno to St Mary's to maintain awareness of that fire's potential and any information and warnings provided by the Tasmania Fire Service.

Travel

People travelling to the East Coast this weekend should be mindful of the potential for smoke and delays on the Esk Main Road, and take an alternate route.

There will be a lot of visitors to the East Coast this weekend and they must remain aware of their surroundings.



Tasmania Fire Service

Spreyton Structure Fire

Date: 3 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Phone: 1800 000 699

Spreyton structure fire caused by discarded cigarette
Tasmania Fire Service has determined a fire that caused $400,000 to the administration building at a Spreyton freight company was caused by a discarded cigarette.
Crews from Devonport and Latrobe attended the fire on Sheffield Main Road, Spreyton shortly after 8.15pm on Thursday, 2 January.
Upon arrival they found a substantial fire was burning at the rear of an office building.
It was controlled quickly and extinguished within half an hour.
Station Officer Shayne Andrews said investigations this morning showed that the fire had started in a rubbish bin at the back of the building.
"It's believed the fire was sparked after a discarded cigarette was placed in the bin," he said.
"While the fire was accidental, it is a clear reminder to ensure flammable items are always disposed of in a safe way."
"Of course this is particularly important in high fire danger conditions."
The fire was confined to the rear of the office containing the kitchen, lunch room and toilets.
The remainder of the building suffered heavy heat and smoke damage.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire Sheffield Road Spreyton

Date: 2 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS are currently onsite at a structure fire Sheffield Road Spreyton. Crews from Devonport and Latrobe are in attendance.



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmania Bushfire Update

Date: 2 Jan 2020 - 00:00 Contact: Alison Wigston, State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: firecomm@fire.tas.gov.au

There is a series of bushfires burning across Tasmania, with six Watch and Act and three Advice messages currently in place.

One of the Watch and Act warnings is for an uncontrolled bushfire at Collinsvale Road, Glenlusk which the Tasmania Fire Service responded to about 2.30pm today. This fire has burnt an area of 3.2 Hectares and aircraft are currently utilising suppression tactics on the northern fire edge to prevent further fire spread. The evening sea breeze is assisting to extinguish this fire on the southern edge. Utilising a large amount of resources to quickly suppress fires within our landscape is assisting in preventing fire spread and the impact on the community. Further investigation into the cause of this fire will be undertaken tomorrow morning.

Five of the Watch and Act warnings are in the north of Tasmania and relate to the Fingal area. Incident Controller Stephen Lowe said "two spot fires from the original Fingal fire have jumped the Fingal Valley and combined, today we have been consolidating fire boundaries to ensure there are workable tracks to assist with containment". Mr Lowe said "all houses in Mangana have been saved" and "if the fire is to impinge on the Douglas-Apsley National Park, they are resourced and have ten aircraft with strategic plans in place".

The community will be kept well informed about this fire and other fires around the state in the future to ensure people know what is happening in their State.
There is warmer weather to come over the weekend and the Tasmania Fire Service will update you tomorrow in relation to any potential fire bans that may apply.

Stay up to date with warnings by visiting the TFS website, with road closures by visiting http://www.police.tas.gov.au and walking track closures http://www.parks.tas.gov.au



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Bushfire Information Session - Broadmarsh & Elderslie - 2 January 2020

Date: 1 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - State Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: firecomm@fire.tas.gov.au

A Bushfire Information Session will take place at the Broadmarsh Hall (1218 Elderslie Road, Broadmarsh) at 6.30pm tomorrow night (2.1.20). The meeting will be an opportunity to get the latest information about the Pelham Road Bushfire.



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Tasmanian bushfires update

Date: 1 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - State Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: firecomm@fire.tas.gov.au

A series of bushfires continue to burn across Tasmania. There is currently one Emergency Warning, six Watch and Act and two Advice messages in place.

The fires of greatest concern are the complex of fires near Fingal and the fire at Pelham. The Fingal complex of fires includes: Mangana Road, Mt Malcolm and Abrahams Link and has burnt over 6600 hectares, with a perimeter of 42kms.

Regional Fire Controller, Ian Bounds said "the Mangana Road fire is believed to have been deliberately lit and is currently being investigated by Police". Mr Bounds said "it is disappointing for the community to see this type of behaviour occurring where lives and communities are put at risk".

Mr Bounds said "westerly winds are an influencing factor in increasing the fire behaviour and there is quite a lot of smoke in the air. For the last two days fire conditions have escalated in the afternoon and early evening bringing parts of the Fingal Complex back up to an Emergency Warning level".

Ash has been reported as falling as far away as Falmouth, the Tasmania Fire Service said people need to be aware of smoke and ash falling out towards the east coast. A Smoke alert is in place for the Fingal Valley through to St Mary's.

Other fires of concern in Tasmania include:
Pearce Basin (Strathgordon), Southwest fire, ~3000ha.
Foochow, Flinders Island fire ~2200ha and uncontained at this stage.

There are Watch and Act warnings in place for the Pelham Road fire and an Advice warning in place for the Pearce Basin (south-west) fire.

Two community bushfire information sessions were held on the 31 December, one at Fingal where 70 people attended and one at Broadmarsh where 60 people attended.
Another community meeting is planned for Broadmarsh to provide a community update. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday 2 January at 6.30pm at the Broadmarsh Hall. All community members in the area affected by the fire are encouraged to attend.

Plans going forward include:
o Fingal complex - Focus on protecting communities.
o Pelham - Crews are working to establish water points and hose lays to extinguish hot spots and edges. Containing this area is identified as a priority, however the terrain is proving difficult.
o Pearce Basin - Active fire is being water bombed by aircraft. Remote area crews are working on hot spots that were identified from Infra-Red scans this morning.
o Likely to be more community meetings in days ahead for Fingal.

o For the latest road closures, visit the Police website.



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Media Alert: Briefing at 3.00pm today at Youngtown

Date: 1 Jan 2020 - 12:00am Contact: State Public Information Officer - PeterMiddleton Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: firecomm@fire.tas.gov.au

All media are invited to attend the Tasmania Fire Service Northern Region Headquaters (339 Hobart Road, Youngtown) at 3.00pm today for an update on the Tasmanian fires.

Regional Fire Controller Ian Bounds will be present to discuss the current situation and predicted developments.



Tasmania Fire Service

Pelham Road fire update - community meeting at 7pm tonight

Date: 31 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: State Public Information Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A community meeting will be held this evening at Broadmarsh Community Hall at 7pm for RESIDENTS OR THOSE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE FIRE.

Tasmania Fire Service can confirm so far that one home is confirmed as being destroyed in the Pelham Road fire. Impact assessments are still being undertaken and that number may increase.

People in the area are asked to remain vigilant as the bushfire remains at Watch and Act level. People who do not live in the area are advised to stay away. Road access is open to residents only, however access could be hindered by fallen trees, powerlines and other debris. Residents who wish to return do so at their own risk and must make an informed decision regarding their personal safety at their property. Tasmania Fire Service is working clear the roads and make the areas safe.

The fire is approximately 1600 hectares in size with an approximate 26km boundary.

Pelham Road (between Pelham Tier Road and Clifton Vale Road) and Horner's Road has been heavily impacted by fire.

At this stage, the fire has been successfully held at Clifton Vale Road East of Pelham and containment lines using heavy machinery are being constructed along Taylor's Tier on the fires South Western Boundary.

The fire has crossed Elderslie Road between Pelham and Bluff Roads however that outbreak has been contained.

Some uncontained spot fires remain on Summerfield Hill between Grahams Creek Road and Bluff Road and firefighters continue to work to extinguish these spot fires.



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Bushfire Information Session - Mangana Road Fire

Date: 31 Dec 2019 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - State Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A Bushfire Information Session will take place at the Fingal Hall at 4.00pm today (31.12.19). The meeting will be an opportunity to listen and ask questions about the Mangana Road Bushfire.

The communities of Fingal, Mangana, Tower Hill, Royal George Road, Nowhere Else and surrounds are encouraged to attend.



Tasmania Fire Service

Transcript from media conference - 3pm Monday 30 December

Date: 30 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: State Public Information Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

SIMON McCULLOCH:
Simon McCulloch, state manager of the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart. It has been a very hot day across Tasmania today. We have had temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s which has resulted in a bit of elevated thunderstorm activity, even a few spots of rain pushing in from the west in the last couple of hours or so with the main front to come through later on this evening. That front will see temperatures drop considerably and tomorrow we are looking at today of low 20s and much reduced to fire danger.

So, we have had very high to severe fired dangers today with some extreme in a couple of locations just in the last hour or so we have got up to extreme in Hobart airport and bushy Park in the Dell and Valley.

SPEAKER:
Are these temperatures is considered the hottest on record?

SIMON McCULLOCH:
A preliminary look at it, and temperatures are still changing as we speak, it looks as though we will break a number of December records, but are not necessarily all-time records. The highest amateur recorded in Tasmania was around 42 in Scamander and Hobart is 41.6. Hobart got to 40.8 today, as did Hobart airport. Cape Bruny got to 40.5. So, they are likely to be December records but not all-time records.

SPEAKER:
Can you talk us through those dry lightning strikes, where they are coming and where they are likely to hit?

SIMON McCULLOCH:
We had quite a few lightning strikes across the western part of the state so far as the trough moves through. Western parts of the state are relatively wet because we have had quite a wet season in the lead up to this, but, we are expect in some of those strikes to push through to the eastern half in the next couple of hours, followed by a second band and cold front itself which will see temperatures drop and will get another boost of lightning later in the evening.

SPEAKER:
Obviously, the east remains a particular concern at this stage?

SIMON McCULLOCH:
That's right. It has been a slow start, wind-wise today. It has taken a while for the winds to pick up. In the last hour or two we have seen the winds strengthen. It has been noticeable around the state but as north-westerly winds have kicked in, there has been a spike in locations. Hobart's temperature rose 8 degrees in 10 minutes at lunch today as the winds spun around from east to north-west.

So, as these winds pick up, it is the culmination of strong winds, high temperatures and humidity that drives fire danger. Even though we have reached maximum temperatures for many locations, we may not have reached our highest fire danger for today.

SPEAKER:
Can you give us details about wind gusts, what we have at the moment and is it going to increase? What is the maximum we can expect?

SIMON McCULLOCH:
We are probably edging towards our maximum wind gusts. The strongest when gusts are likely to be around 80 to 90 km/h and maybe associated with thunderstorms. We may get down bursts with the thunderstorms. That is the most likely to be during the next four to six hours, I guess. The average wind speeds of around 40 to 50 km/h are likely to be reached in the next hour or two.

SPEAKER:
And just when will we see those lightning strikes come through the east? Will they happen overnight?

SIMON McCULLOCH:
I think it will be a fairly extended period. There are two bursts of lightning. Lightning in the trough and then a front a few hours later. The lightning won't clear the eastern part of Tasmania until the early hours of tomorrow morning, so we will probably be seeing lightning activity still around the far north-east at around 2am or 3am.

SPEAKER:
Obviously, the lightning is a concern fire -wise, but we have had notification that because of the extreme weather The Taste will be shutting down tonight. How bad is the weather going to be in normal terms, not fire terms?

SIMON McCULLOCH:
I guess it is probably a result of the wind gusts associated with storms, so 80 to 90 km/h in an area like the Taste with umbrellas and tents around, it might be a concern. It will be short sharp bursts.

SPEAKER:
You are saying that while the temperatures have started to drop, the fire danger has not. When will it?

SIMON McCULLOCH:
The peak will be over the next few hours. It is the combination of temperature and wind and humidity. If all of those things line up, that is when you get the extreme fire dangers. So, we have had our very high temperatures and the winds are picking up now. It might be that the strong twins do not coincide with the highest temperatures.

SPEAKER:
Will there be enough rain in this to ease fire conditions at all?

SIMON McCULLOCH:
Not really. There will be a few storms around and we might see five to 10mm of rain in locations, but are not widespread. It will be hit and miss. It will be a risk in the eastern half, even with a few millimetres of rain, that it would not be sufficient to put out a fire ignition.

CHRIS ARNOL:
Chris Arnol, chief officer of the Tasmania Fire Service. Today's fire conditions are exactly as the Bureau predicted. The fired ageing rating has reached extreme in Bushy Park and the Hobart airport already. Lightning has now been detected on the south-west and the West Coast. We have a 'watch and act' and an alert at Strathgordon and the Gordon River Road. That is due to the increasing fire activity this afternoon in the Strathgordon area.

Not to be confused, we have also issued an emergency alert for people that might be not residence there, but travelling through or in that area. Campers or travellers in the surrounding areas of Strathgordon are being notified by telephone that we have a fire there. There is not a change for the watch and act for the residents.

People holidaying in that area, they should be heading to the Pedder Wilderness Lodge. If they are further east than the lodge, they should head towards Maydena. So we're saying that is the direction to travel, depending on where you are.

We have road closures at Gordon River. Parks crews, TFS strike teams, and local brigades are responding to that of Strathgordon via as we speak right now. We had a report earlier today of a fire near Geeveston. It appears to just be a smoke citing and it could have come from another fire. There is misty smoke about as well, these are coming from mainland fires not Tasmania is. Unless you are seeing a strong localised smoke, that is the one to report. Not misty smoke that might be around in the air, coming from other places.

The winds give us a bit of grief as far as our aviation response goes. When we get right up to the top and. If we are in the 80 km an hour, the aircraft cannot necessarily fly. It is usually the choppers it affects, not the feast wings. It restricts us somewhat but we have ample ground crews. We have strong response and the initial attack weight of response is working for us and we spectate to do so again today.

All the other fires we have in the state are still contained. I reported them yesterday, they are all being patrolled and there are no reports of those fires breaking out of so good work by firefighters, parks, forestry and TFS has managed to contain those previous outbreaks.

Lightning has hit land on the north-west, but no issues reported. Early this afternoon we had a report of fire near the domain at the botanical Gardens. HFB crews mobilised, dual response, got onto that quickly. That was early this afternoon.

There is another lightning storm anticipated that will come across this afternoon and it is a very serious risk for us. Right now, our fire dangers have moved past severe and are going into extreme. We are concerned that the lightning ignitions will give us a lot of problems going forward. Yet to see how that will be. Early detection, rapid weighted response, but of course, tomorrow, we will need to have a look at what is left after the lining goes through. Aircraft in the air early, and we will be doing observations to see what we can find with infrared, and later with the visual sightings also, of smoke.

The Tasmania Fire Service would like to remind everybody to remain vigilant. If they'd see a new start, reported by 000. That is how we receive our calls. Tell us you have seen a new sighting and we will immediately respond and investigate and extinguish it.

What do we do now? Review your bushfire plan. If you are camping, take some informed decisions and think about what you are doing and where you're going to go. If in doubt, get out.

That's all I've got.

SPEAKER:
What we know about the Strathgordon fire, do we know how it started?

CHRIS ARNOL:
Well, we will confirm when it started. It could be lightning, but I won't say that it was started by lightning. We will investigate that and determine it. Strathgordon fire, at this stage, it is really early. You are here as we see the change go through. It went from 26 to 60, the relative humidity dropped to 15 and we got wind speeds that are in the cystic limiters in our range. That made a significant change. Right anything but.

The East Coast is still a concern for the heat and went, but now the West Coast is picking up with lightning and ignitions on the ground. We have no more intel about that fire. We're looking at 20m flame heights. I have seen photographs.

SPEAKER:
We are not out of danger by a long shot.

CHRIS ARNOL:
Correct. We're still looking at another six hours before we hit the second wave of lightning and then overnight, we're going to see what unfolds. We will still be busy tomorrow, dealing with new ignitions from lightning.

SPEAKER:
We have seen a few small fires in the greater Hobart area. You know how they have started?

CHRIS ARNOL:
There was one earlier in the Domain, that was a suspicious fire and that is a matter for police at the moment, so I would refer you to police at those.

SPEAKER:
You had a strike team at Dunalley today and you are saying they are therefore any fires at the Peninsula and any problems at Falls. What is the situation? When you say campers should be aware and, if in doubt, get out, should people consider packing up?

CHRIS ARNOL:
That is not applying to an organised event like that. We have on-site police, it is coordinated, there are announcements to the people there, they can enjoy their New Year's event without any interruption. As it turned out, they did not get the weather around Dunalley that we did. They had a pretty cool day. We're quite confident that the event can go ahead. We have fire protection in place. More referring to the individual campers we can't get to and speak to.

SPEAKER:
With the alleged messages going out, is there any way to figure out how many people are potentially in the area?

CHRIS ARNOL:
I think that can be done through the provider but we can't do that straight away.

SPEAKER:
Do we have concerns about people who might be in that area at this point?

CHRIS ARNOL:
We have done it as a precautionary measure because we have fire in the area, the only measure we have left when we don't know where people are to do the telephone information approach.

SPEAKER:
Will it be difficult to monitor fires that have started overnight because of lightning if you cannot get aircraft in the air?

CHRIS ARNOL:
Obviously, if you can't see them, you can't monitor them. If we can't get ground crews in or aircraft to them, we cannot see them. We have other instrumentation. We get great data from the bureau. We can survey ignitions from satellite imagery and the like. I would anticipate we can get the aircraft up, I am not and sent it will be a protracted problem for the aircraft. At certain times we had to make judgements about whether we can fly.

SPEAKER:
We hear the East Coast is under particular threat, do we have increased resources up that way?

CHRIS ARNOL:
Yes, our preparedness for today was focused on the East Coast in particular. We have additional resources on the East Coast, strike teams, aircraft, localisation of fire brigades, contract dozers all at the ready. I know the Parks and Wildlife Service is has a number of crews around the state.

JASON JACOBI:
Jason Jacobi, secretary of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Firstly, I would like to thank all of our visitors to our parks who have observed the warnings and who are patiently visiting our parks and enjoying them but not using our remote area walking tracks. I would also like to say that in partnership with the Tasmanian fire agencies, Parks and Wildlife Service has up to 25 crews positioned throughout the state, ready for any ignitions that comes throughout the hours.

I would like to add that it is concerning that some people are still lighting fires. We have had a number of reports of campfires being lit. We have compliance officers and rangers doing patrols making sure people put those fires out, but I would urge everybody that this is not a time to light your campfire. We have a total fire ban in place throughout the state and had campfire retreated in place for over three months. The next 12 hours other West times to be considering lighting a fire.

It is important to note that the fires in the Strathgordon area are of the most immediate concern to us. As the Chief mentioned, spotter flights will be going up first thing tomorrow morning and we will be gathering further intelligence on those fires will this afternoon and overnight and pre-positioning crews to be ready to respond first thing tomorrow.

The only other message I have is for everybody to continue to refer to the Parks and Wildlife Service website where we are providing up-to-date alerts on closures. This afternoon, due to the severe weather and wind conditions, we have had you close the Hartz Mountains
National Park. We have a track ward and working with visitors in that area to move them back to their vehicles and safely home. That is all I have. Any questions?

SPEAKER:
Have we seen people disregarding the rule do not have fires in those areas so far today?

JASON JACOBI:
We're still seeing campers lighting campfires despite the total fire ban and fire restrictions. It is an readily concerning and disappointing that people aren't aware and alert to the extraordinary risk of doing that. Not only to themselves, but the other campers in the area, and most importantly to residents who live in the vicinity of our parks and reserves.



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Lightning to pose a risk this afternoon

Date: 30 Dec 2019 - 12:00am Contact: State Public Information Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service is reminding Tasmanians to remain vigilant ahead of worsening fire weather conditions this afternoon.

"A lightning storm is expected to cross Tasmania this afternoon which poses a very real and serious risk of starting fires. As of lunchtime the fire danger ratings have already reached severe and will increase to extreme as the afternoon progresses," said TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

"We need the community's help to get on top of any fires quickly, so if lighting does cross your property and you see a fire please call TFS on Triple Zero immediately.

TFS has volunteer and career crews standing by at stations, strike teams at Dunalley, Ouse and Campbell Town, and aircraft located around the state ready to respond to any new fires that do start.

"We have many hours of bad fire weather ahead. The community needs to continue to be aware of their surroundings, particular people who are camping in bushland or staying in unfamiliar surroundings," Mr Arnol said.

In parts of Tasmania it is looking smoky and hazy, particularly on the east coast. This smoke is coming from bushfires in Victoria and New South Wales, not Tasmania.
This smoke and haze is likely to remain or worsen across the state today and into tonight.

The Tasmania Fire Service would like the community to be aware of this, however to remain vigilant and don't hesitate to call triple zero '000' to report any new smoke sightings if unsure of where it is coming from.

A Total Fire Ban remains in place until 2am Tuesday morning in the north and south.

Other advice:
Be aware of your surroundings and report any smoke or fire sightings to TFS immediately via Triple Zero
Some parks and walking tracks will be closed today. Visit www.parks.tas.gov.au for details. Wellington Park, including Pinnacle Road will be closed today.
If an incident unfolds in your area listen to ABC Local Radio or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au for the latest bushfire information.
If you have a bushfire survival plan review it now and know what you will do and where you will go if a bushfire starts in your area.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Barron Avenue Goodwood

Date: 30 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are attending a shed fire in Goodwood.

Further information will be provided at a later stage.



Tasmania Fire Service

Extreme fire danger expected for Monday

Date: 29 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: State Public Information (StateOps.Media@fire.tas.gov.au) Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmanians need to be prepared for a challenging day tomorrow as hot temperatures, strong gusty winds and low humidity is forecast to push the fire danger to extreme in parts of the State.

"As far as the fire danger goes, tomorrow has the potential to be a very bad day across large parts of the state. It will be windy and very hot and fires that start will move very quickly," said Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

"Although Tasmania's fire agencies are well prepared with resources pre-positioned at high risk locations, bushfires in these conditions are extremely difficult to control. People can't expect to see a fire truck in every driveway and an aircraft above every house.

"If you live in a bushfire prone area and you have a bushfire survival plan you should review that now. Understand that even homes built to the most modern standards can be indefensible in extreme conditions and we will not put firefighter's lives at risk defending unprepared properties.

"If a bushfire starts in your area you must be prepared to enact your bushfire survival plan and remember that leaving early is always the safest option, particularly in these conditions.
TFS recommends that people who are in bushland areas relocate to urban areas for the day, and people who are camping reconsider those plans.

Ground crews and aircraft will be pre-positioned, including ground crews at the Marion Bay Falls Festival site. The Falls Festival has well-practised emergency management procedures in place and the site has bushfire mitigation measures in place leading up to the festival.

"TFS and partner agencies are at the highest level of readiness to ensure there is a multi-agency response to any fires that do start. These measures are in place given the severity of the conditions that are expected to unfold throughout tomorrow," Mr Arnol said.

Other information:
Be aware of your surroundings and report any smoke or fire sightings to TFS immediately via Triple Zero.
Some parks and walking tracks will be closed tomorrow. Visit www.parks.tas.gov.au for details.
Wellington Park, including Pinnacle Road will be closed tomorrow.
If an incident unfolds in your area listen to ABC Local Radio or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au for the latest bushfire information.
If you have a bushfire survival plan review it now and know what you will do and where you will go if a bushfire starts in your area.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Tottenham Road, Gagebrook

Date: 29 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Four fire crews have responded to a house fire that is going well.
Further details to follow when more information is available



Tasmania Fire Service

Media Release

Date: 28 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Alison Wigston State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

The Fire Danger Rating is expected to reach Extreme due to strong north-westerly winds, low humidity and high temperatures in the south east and upper Derwent Valley on Monday, with Severe to Very High fire dangers for most of the remainder of the state.
The Tasmania fire service would like to mitigate any new fire starts for Monday and stress the importance of the public adhering to the Total Fire Ban restrictions.
"The State is well resourced at this time and early detection with rapid weight of attack are the strategies to ensure that any fire starts before and on Monday will be suppressed quickly" said Chief Officer Chris Arnol.
People need to be aware that on days of extreme fire danger even easily defendable houses can be undefendable and bushfires are difficult to control.
The TFS encourages the community to be prepared and have their bushfire survival plans ready. The TFS website has Community Protection Plans to identify nearby safer placer, take the time to be familiar with these.
The public is requested to report any fires to OOO
People are asked to monitor the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au or listen to ABC Local Radio.
Further information will be available late tomorrow.



Tasmania Fire Service

Media Conference

Date: 28 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Alison Wigston State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

The Tasmania Fire Service will hold a media conference with the Bureau of Meterology to provide an update on current bushfires in the southern region and future predictions for Monday 31st December. The conference will be held at the Tasmania Fire Service Headquarters in the media room. Meet Alison at the TFS reception door for entry.



Tasmania Fire Service

Alison Wigston State OperationsTotal Fire Ban - Today until Tuesday 31st December

Date: 28 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Alison Wigston State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service is reminding Tasmanians to be vigilant today and over the weekend with high temperatures and dry conditions creating an increased bushfire risk.
"As we move into today we will see temperatures move into the low 30s with relative humidity. This will push the fire danger rating to Very High in some areas, and Severe to Extreme on Monday, particularly along the east coast where a lot of holidaymakers will spend this weekend," said State Fire Controller Leon Smith.
"In order to keep Tasmanians and visitors safe this weekend we have declared a total fire ban for all municipalities in the north and south.
"A number of Tasmania's larger fires in recent years have been caused by campfires that have not been properly extinguished. We need to eliminate that risk given the conditions we are expecting.
"Today we would like people to ensure they are aware of their local surroundings, including reviewing the local community bushfire protection plan so they can identify their Nearby Safer Place in the event of a bushfire in the area. If they live in a high risk area and have a Bushfire Survival Plan they should review that now.
The Tasmania Fire Service have increased aircraft and ground crew resources in strategic locations ready to respond quickly to any fire that breaks out.
"We ask the community to report any bushfire or smoke sightings very quickly to TFS by calling Triple Zero. Because it's a total fire ban, any smoke sighting should be treated as a bushfire and responded to quickly.
The total fire ban applies from 2am Saturday 28 December until 2am Tuesday 31 December and is in force in the following municipalities:
Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands, Tasman, Break'O'Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, West Tamar, Flinders
Information about current incidents, the fire danger rating, community protection plans and bushfire survival plans can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au
Listen to ABC Local Radio for the warnings and advice in a bushfire.
Note to media: a media conference will be held later today at a time and location to be advised. This is dependent on incidents and conditions.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Takone Street, Geilston Bay

Date: 28 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Three fire crews have responded to a house fire that is going well.
Further details to follow when more information is available



Tasmania Fire Service

New resource for students aims to build community resilience

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

A resource aimed at teaching students how to prepare, respond and recover from the most common natural emergencies is now available in Tasmania.

Developed by the Tasmania Fire Service, Disaster Resilience Education Tasmania is an online teaching resource linked to the Australian Curriculum for students in years 5-8.

"Resilient communities assist emergency services during the response to an emergency because they have planned, they are prepared, and they know what they are going to do to help themselves," said Jeremy Smith, TFS Director Community Fire Safety.

"School children are a vulnerable section of our community and influencing their attitudes early will make them agents of change. DRET helps students understand how mitigation, planning and emergency drills can help them to be safer in a disaster emergency, and they also learn where to find Tasmanian flood, storm and bushfire emergency information

"People don't have to be a member of the emergency services to teach children and young people about disaster resilience, and this online resource equips teachers to do just that.

"The program is hosted on a website and is an easy to use, interactive teacher delivery package of five weekly lessons covering Tasmania's top three natural hazards of flood, storm and bushfire.

The Glen Huon community was most recently impacted by the summer bushfires that impacted the region, with many local families evacuating to the evacuation centre at Huon Valley PCYC.

"Glen Huon Primary School has been instrumental in the development of the resource, and now the project is finalised they have been using the resource in their classrooms for the past eight weeks. The recent bushfires came within one kilometre of the township, with some homes lost in the area. This means that many of the students have real life examples to draw on when working through the content of the resource.

"The students have already participated in a local project to plan a mural which demonstrate the region's bushfire risk," said Mr Smith.

The project has been funded through the Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program and has been a collaboration between the Tasmania Fire Service, other emergency services agencies, the Department of Education, parents and carers.

The resource is available at www.disasterresiliencetas.com.au.



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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.