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TFS enact fire permit embargo for southern Tasmania over weekend

Ahead of warming conditions forecasted over the weekend and with an expected peak on Monday, the TFS is enacting a Permit Embargo for southern Tasmania from 2am tomorrow (Saturday 9 January 2021).

The developing hot, dry conditions with strengthening winds forecast across the south of the state will increase the potential fire risk for many areas particularly the Upper Derwent, Midlands, Coal Valley, and southern parts of the East Coast which continue to experience below average rainfall and curing of vegetation, particularly grassland.

The Permit Embargo will remain in place until midnight Monday 11th of January at this stage.

“No permits will be issued through this period. Existing permits, or permit fires conducted over the last week are to be checked and fully extinguished where possible,” Acting Southern Regional Chief Ian Bounds said.

“Registration of burning of vegetation under 1 cubic metre will also be discouraged and TFS urges the public to take additional care with fires in the open, or operation of equipment that may cause accidental ignition of vegetation during this period.”

There are also campfire restrictions in place. For further information on these areas check the Parks & Wildlife Service site.

“TFS is continuing to monitor the daily update reports from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and we ask people to stay aware and up to date of the situation as there may be other restrictions and notifications over the next two days as the forecast develops,” Mr Bounds said.

If a fire does escape, call Triple Zero (000) immediately so emergency services can respond and keep damage to a minimum.

Check with your local council for additional burning restrictions.

For information visit www.fire.tas.gov.au

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