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Media Releases

1. Advice ahead of Very High fire danger this weekend Release Date: 2021-04-01
2. Permit Declaration for the Southern Municipalities Release Date: 2021-03-30
3. Structure Fire - Cherrywood Drive, Scamander Release Date: 2021-03-23
4. Structure Fire - George Street, Forth Release Date: 2021-03-22
5. Structure Fire - West Mooreville Road, Ridgley Release Date: 2021-03-22
6. Structure Fire - Laura Street, Latrobe Release Date: 2021-03-20
7. Structure Fire - Hurst Street Bridgewater Release Date: 2021-03-20
8. Northern region fire permit period revocation Release Date: 2021-03-19
9. Cause of Lutana house fire Release Date: 2021-03-16
10. New resource for students aims to build community resilience Release Date: 2019-11-08


Tasmania Fire Service

Advice ahead of Very High fire danger this weekend

Date: 1 Apr 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service is urging landholders in parts of the South East and Midlands districts to reconsider their need to burn off on their properties this weekend, ahead of a forecast high temperatures and strong winds.

This includes the Huon Valley (eastern side), Clarence, Sorell, Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands, Central Highlands and Kingborough local government areas.

"We're expecting high temperatures paired with strong winds on Saturday which will increase the likelihood of burns escaping and becoming uncontrollable," said Acting Regional Chief Steve Richardson.

"TFS has initiated a hot day response, which will double the brigade response to any fires that occur in the southern region. We will also have aircraft and incident management teams on standby to deal with any new fires that start.

"While TFS has these measures in place, we also ask landholders to remember their responsibility for keeping themselves and their neighbours safe. We strongly recommend holding off on burning and lighting campfires until after the Easter weekend, particularly on Friday and Saturday.

"Landholders must also remember that they are responsible for any fire they light on their property, and for keeping it contained to their own land. TFS will pursue prosecution for any burns that escape onto other properties.

"This responsibility extends to ensuring that any fires that have been lit in recent days and weeks are monitored over the weekend to ensure they don't flare up and escape.

"Favourable weather conditions are forecast during April, so there will be further opportunities for landholders to burn during autumn," Mr Richardson said.

People can call 1800 000 699 for advice on burning and to register future burns.

Acting Regional Chief Steve Richardson will be available for interview in Hobart at 2pm. Meet at TFS reception on the corner of Argyle and Melville Streets.



Tasmania Fire Service

No permit requirements have been declared

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.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Cherrywood Drive, Scamander

Date: 23 Mar 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are responding to a house fire in Cherrywood Drive Scamander. Further information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - George Street, Forth

Date: 22 Mar 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are responding to a shed and garage fire in George Street Forth. Further information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - West Mooreville Road, Ridgley

Date: 22 Mar 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Crews from Burnie, Somerset and Ridgley are responding to a report of a shed alight in Ridgley. Further information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Laura Street, Latrobe

Date: 20 Mar 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are attending from Devonport and Latrobe to a report of smoke coming from a garage. Further information will be provided when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Hurst Street Bridgewater

Date: 20 Mar 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Crews from Bridgewater and Hobart are attending a fire at a mechanics workshop in Hurst Street Bridgewater. The structure appears to be going well. Further information to follow when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Northern region fire permit period revocation

Date: 19 Mar 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service has declared an end to the fire permit period for the Northern region from 2am on Monday 22 March 2021. This means that people wishing to burn on their properties in the North no longer require a fire permit. Fire permits are still required in the South until further notice, and the requirement for fire permits in the North West was revoked last month.

During the 20/21 fire permit period almost 400 fire permits were issued by permit officers in the north, and TFS crews responded to 175 reported vegetation fires in the region.

"As we enter autumn the high-risk period for uncontrolled bushfires has come to an end in the North and Tasmanian firefighting agencies have now entered fuel reduction burning season," Acting Regional Chief North Ian Bounds said.

"We encourage people to now consider burning on their own properties when conditions allow to reduce the bushfire risk for next summer.

"Even though permits are no longer required, landowners who plan on conducting burns on their property should be mindful of the weather, be well equipped and capable to maintain fire within their boundaries and to make sure it is done in consultation with the owners of neighbouring properties.

"Engagement with neighbours in the vicinity of any planned burning is also necessary to ensure smoke will not adversely affect farming or harvesting operations, particularly the wine industry which is vulnerable to smoke at this time of the year," Mr Bounds said.

At all times burning on private property is governed by local council by-laws which must be adhered to, and environmental laws which govern smoke emissions.

All burns must be registered with TFS on 1800 000 699 to prevent unnecessary brigade call outs.

Property owners planning to burn on their land should visit fire.tas.gov.au if they require information and advice.

The fire permit period revocation applies to the following municipalities:

Break O'Day
Dorset
Flinders
George Town
Launceston
Meander Valley
Northern Midlands
West Tamar



Tasmania Fire Service

Cause of Lutana house fire

Date: 16 Mar 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A fire that caused significant damage to a house on the Brooker Highway at Lutana last night started when cooking was left unattended.

TFS received multiple triple zero calls just after 8pm last night from people in the area reporting they could see flames coming from the roof of the three-bedroom weatherboard house.

Three crews from Glenorchy and Hobart fire stations attended to find the house fully alight.

The occupant, a man in his 70s, was transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital as a precaution after inhaling some smoke.

The fire was extinguished in two hours and firefighters remained on scene overnight until the investigation was conducted this morning.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was caused when food being cooked under a grill was left unattended, igniting a build up of grease and oil.

TFS reminds people to never leave cooking unattended, and to ensure stoves and ovens are cleaned regularly to prevent grease from building up.



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.