Bushfire

Bushfire smoke above trees  

Be prepared

It's important to have a bushfire plan in place which is understood by your whole family. 

The Tasmanian Fire Service's Bushfire Survival Plan(PDF, 5MB) details what you need to know. 

It's important any property you own is maintained ahead of bushfire season. Here are some tips to prepare your property, but remember to visit the Tasmanian Fire Service's website for more information.

1. Remove fire hazards such as wood piles, rubbish heaps and stored fuels
2. Rake up bark, leaves and grass and keep roofs and gutters clear of flammable debris
3. Create a defendable space around your home.  A defendable space is an area where you have removed most flammable materials.  Include in your defendable space non-flammable areas such as paths, driveways, and mown lawns.  This helps to reduce the flames and radiant heat from an approaching fire, so sparks and embers will have less fuel to ignite when they land.  Spot fires will also be easier to put out
4. Use non-flammable mulch - don't use bark or woodchips. Also, replace highly flammable plants with less flammable plants  
5. Prune lower branches on trees and remove flammable shrubs from under and between trees 
6. Where possible, use radiation shields and windbreaks such as stone or metal fences 
7. Enclose areas under decks and floors and screen vents into roof spaces with fine wire mesh 
8. Seal gaps in external roof and wall cladding 
9. Have available a fire fighting pump, hoses and nozzles, buckets, mops, rakes and access to a firefighting water supply (reticulated or access to 20,000 litres minimum)
10. Have a First Aid Kit prepared 

For more information about preparing your property for potential bushfires, please see Fire Abatement.  

The Bushfire Management Strategy(PDF, 61MB) describes the approach to managing bushfire risk for land managed by the City of Launceston.