Bushfire

Overview

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 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.  

Strategy

The Bushfire Management Strategy describes the approach to managing bushfire risk for land managed by the City of Launceston.

Please contact us for more information. 

Fuel Reduction Burns

As part of its Bushfire Management Strategy(PDF, 61MB), the City of Launceston will be undertaking a fuel reduction burn program this autumn at six different sites around the municipality, across a total area of 130 hectares. The program will include the following sites:

• Punchbowl Reserve
• Youngtown Regional Reserve
• Carr Villa Flora Reserve
• Cataract Gorge/Trevallyn Interface
• Cataract Gorge/Hardwicke Street Reserve Interface
• Russell Plains

The aim of the burns is to reduce existing fire hazard, protect property and other assets, protect flora and fauna and their habitats, and assist in the regeneration of degraded bushland and control weeds.

Depending on weather conditions, burns are likely to begin in April with each burn completed in one day. 

During burns public access to each area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn area while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails.

Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area. 

Whilst fire intensity is expected to be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. More advise is available at the Department of Health and Asthma Foundation of Tasmania

For more information and maps of planned burn areas, see Council's Fuel Reduction Burn Program(DOCX, 984KB).