Tasmania's bushfire risk reduced during autumn fuel reduction program

SMOKY SKY: A fuel reduction burn underway at the edge of the Tasman Highway near Beaumaris on Tasmania's East Coast. The smoke was also visible from the Dianas Basin area. Picture: Holly Monery
SMOKY SKY: A fuel reduction burn underway at the edge of the Tasman Highway near Beaumaris on Tasmania's East Coast. The smoke was also visible from the Dianas Basin area. Picture: Holly Monery

The autumn burn season is underway for the Tasmania’s Fuel Reduction Program.

Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Chris Arnol said extensive planning was needed for each season’s fuel reduction burns, to ensure maximum efficiency for the program and a strategic approach to where burns are carried out.

“There are 75 planned burns this season that will be conducted on both public and private land if and when the conditions are suitable,” he said.

“They will be prioritised on risk and appropriate conditions, with a focus on areas that pose the greatest risk of bushfire to communities. Historically, autumn is the safest time of year for fuel reduction burns and due to the still, cooler and shorter days.”

Chief officer Arnol said every burn was carefully planned to minimise risk, including the impact of smoke.

“Smoke generated from a fuel reduction burn is an unavoidable part of a much bigger picture,” he said.

“Tasmania is one of the most bushfire prone regions in the world and it’s our role to reduce that risk.”