Tasmania Fire Service controlled burns aim to protect community

FUEL REDUCTION: Parks and Wildlife's Nellie Brown keeps a close eye on the fuel reduction burn near Grindelwald. Picture: Neil Richardson.

FUEL REDUCTION: Parks and Wildlife's Nellie Brown keeps a close eye on the fuel reduction burn near Grindelwald. Picture: Neil Richardson.

Grindelwald residents were a top priority for Tasmania Fire Service this week as crews conducted a fuel reduction burn in the area.

The 197 hectare burn aimed to minimise the risk of bushfire for the local community.

Fuel Reduction Program spokesman Ian Sauer said it was a strategic burn for the North of the state.

“This particular burn was selected for the spring burning season to minimise the impact on wine growers in the area,” he said.

“In Tasmania, we know all too well the devastating effects bushfires have, to both local communities and the economy, and while fire is a natural and fundamental part of our environment, the effects of an uncontrolled fire can be devastating.”

The burn was part of a four-year program and occurred on private land owned by Forico and the Tamar Valley Resort.

Advice for people with medical conditions who may be affected by smoke is available at dhhs.tas.gov.au.

For updates on planned fuel reduction burns visit fire.tas.gov.au.

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