TFS Fuel Reduction Burn

The Fuel Reduction Program

The Tasmanian Government has invested $28.5 million in a cross-agency program of strategically targeted burns to reduce the amount of potential fuel for a bushfire.

This state-wide Fuel Reduction Program will focus on those areas that pose the greatest risk of bushfire and will include both public and private land. High risk locations are identified by each of Tasmania’s 10 Fire Management Area Committees. The risk assessments use a combination of local knowledge and computer modelling undertaken by the Fuel Reduction Unit of the Tasmania Fire Service.

Burns are only conducted when it is safest and smartest to do so. The conditions required for the safest burns largely exist during autumn and spring. Due to the variability of Tasmania’s weather, burn schedules can change at very short notice. Fuel reduction burns are managed and therefore smoke is kept to a minimum, however smoke is an unavoidable part of burning.
The Fuel Reduction Unit works with the Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Tasmania, local government, contractors and private land owners to implement the program.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

We are currently planning our return to training as we enter the stage 3 recovery phase in line with current advice and reasonable community expectations. Tasmania Fire Service facilities will meet the Worksafe WHS standards including;

In addition, we require all course participants who are feeling unwell to not attend the scheduled course and we will be asking that participants declare that as far as possible that they are of good health. Our standard cancellation policy will be relaxed during this period in the interests of maintaining health and safety to cater for any participant health concerns.

We will contact all clients who have been subject to COVID19 cancellations to offer a course place. Our course schedule is now online, and we are taking bookings for those dates via the website or through direct contact.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Justin Young

Manager, TasFire Training