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.