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Private Forest effected by Bush Fires

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The 2019 bush fires in Tasmania are having a significant effect on the forest industry.  Below is a description of the area of privately owned or managed forests effected by the fires as mapped by the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS).

Private Forests Tasmania can assist private forest owners determine how to respond to the bushfires by linking them with the information and assistance required.  Contact PFT at admin@pft.tas.gov.au

Please keep up-to-date with bushfires within your area by visiting the Tasmanian Fire Service or TasALERT websites and call 000 in an emergency.

If you are interested in particular detail of the current Tasmanian bush fires and the areas burnt, you can view publicly available information on TheLIST.

Instructions for viewing burnt areas and fires
Visit www.thelist.tas.gov.au – Select LISTMap – Select LAYERS from right hand side of screen, Click ADD LAYER, Scroll to EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, select INCIDENT FEEDS, and select the green + button to add FIRE BOUNDARIES FROM TFS WEBSITE.
Close the pop up box and zoom to view areas affected.


  • Industrial estate refers to forests owned or managed by larger forest management companies.
  • Non-industrial private forest estate refers to forests not owned or managed by larger forest management companies but usually individuals or family scale entities.

PRIVATELY OWNED FIRE EFFECTED FORESTS – As at 5th February 2019

Industrial hardwood plantation area burnt 2,756 ha
Industrial softwood plantation area burnt 533 ha
Industrial estate burnt 4,254 ha

Non industrial private forest estate burnt 31,071 ha
Non industrial hardwood plantation 483 ha

TOTAL PRIVATE FOREST ESTATE BURNT 35,325 ha

Notes:

  • Some boundaries could be over 48 hours old.
  • Mapping from helicopters may not be accurate where smoke hides the actual fire edge. This can result in a reduction in area at some locations in later mapping where increased visibility occurs (you will note some reduction in areas in this report).