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TOTAL FIRE BAN DECLARATION

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A total fire ban has been declared for the whole State of Tasmania from 2am tomorrow (Thursday 24 Jan) until 2am next Monday (28 Jan).

  • Break O’Day
  • George Town
  • Northern Midlans
  • Doreset
  • Launceston
  • West Tamat
  • Flinders
  • Meander Valley
  • Brighton
  • Derwent Valley
  • Hobart
  • Sorell
  • Cnetral Highlands
  • Glamorgan Spring Bay
  • Huon Valley
  • Southern Midlands
  • Clarence
  • Glenorchy
  • Kingborough
  • Tasman

PREPARING FOR FIRE

Being prepared for the bushfire season is essential.  It is important to remember how quickly things can change; bushfires can range from slow moving controllable fires to catastrophic firestorms.

Preparing your property and creating a defendable space will help your home to survive a bushfire.

The Tasmania Fire Service website has many resources on their website to help you make a plan for your family and home.  Visit the website here to learn how to prepare your property and to develop a Bushifre Survival Plan

The Australian Red Cross has developed Rediplan (PDF) which you can also get from our offices.

COMMUNITY BUSHFIRE PROTECTION PLANS

Tasmania Fire Service has prepared a number of Community Bushfire Protection Plans to assist communities with identifying safety options when bushfire threatens, and to support the development of personal Bushfire Survival Plans.   A bushfire protection plan  provides local, community-specific information to assist with bushfire preparation and survival. The focus of the Bushfire Protection Plan is on bushfire safety options, such as Nearby Safer Places, Evacuation Routes and Emergency Information.   We advise you to familiarise yourself with the plan for your area and act on the advice provided by Tasmania Fire Service.

Plans are available for:

  • Cygnet
  • Franklin
  • Geeveston
  • Glen Huon
  • Grove
  • Huonville-Ranelagh
  • Nicholls Rivulet
  • Pelverata
  • Verona Sands

To view the plans please visit the Tasmania Fire Service Website here.

AIR QUALITY

Tasmania has some of the cleanest air in the world. But we do have periods each year when it can get smoky outside. Smoke reduces the quality of the air we breathe and it also affects our health.   If you are concerned about the impact smoke can have on your health visit the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services  air quality information website  https://dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERTS FOR EXTREME HEAT 

Department of Health and Human Services have produced the following information for coping with extreme heat.  Some people may experience the effects of hot weather more than others, so it’s important to know what these effects are, who is at risk and what you can do.

To find out more visit www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/standing_health_alerts/extreme_heat