Fuel reduction burns planned for 2018

FUEL reduction burns previously planned in the Glenorchy municipality area for 2017 have now been put on hold until 2018.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported that during November, Tasmania had an extended period of warm weather with many temperature records broken, combined with below average rainfall.

“This has meant that spring conditions were not suitable for planned burning within the municipality,” Glenorchy City Council coordinator bushfire management Rob Whittle said.

“We are anticipating more favourable cooler weather conditions in 2018.

“While the warmer weather has put a hold on fuel reduction burning, Council continues to actively reduce bushfire risk in the community through its annual maintenance program to Council’s fire trail network within Council managed bushlands.”

Mr Whittle said vegetation slashing and strategic bushfire mitigation planning continued for the municipality.

“We plan our fuel reduction burning program around suitable weather conditions for each planned burn, which includes smoke management to communities,” he said.

“Residents should be prepared for the bushfire season and there are plenty of resources to download on the Tasmanian Fire Service website to help make your properties safer.”

Areas planned for fuel reduction burns in the Glenorchy City Council local government areas during the next 12-months include Goat Hills, Oak Hill, Wellington Park, Lowes Ridge, Mount Hull and the second section of the Montrose fuel reduction burn.

More details of planned fuel reduction burns can be found via the Tasmanian Fire Service website.

If you have concerns about the affect of smoke on your health, visit www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air.

Caption: Glenorchy City Council’s coordinator bushfire management Rob Whittle.