Be Prepared 

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

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

It's important any property you own is maintained ahead of the 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.

Please contact us for more information. 

Fuel Reduction Burns

As part of its Bushfire Management Strategy(PDF, 61MB), the City of Launceston is undertaking its fuel reduction burn program this autumn at the 12 sites listed below.  Click here to view proposed burn areas.

Park/Reserve and map  Suburb
Cambridge Street Reserve West Launceston
Carr Villa Memorial Park Bushland Kings Meadows
Cataract Gorge Reserve Denison Road West Launceston
 Cavalry Road Mowbray
 Freelands Lookout  Trevallyn
Hardwicke Street Reserve  Summerhill
Machens Reserve  Kings Meadows
 Meadow Ridge Reserve  Launceston
Merthyr Park  Lilydale
Punchbowl Reserve  Punchbowl
 Russell Plains Farm  Rocherlea
 Salisbury Crescent  West Launceston
 Ti Tree Bend Silt Pond  Rocherlea
West Tamar Silt Ponds  Launceston
 Youngtown Regional Park  Youngtown


* Weather depending

The Parks and Wildlife Service have a planned burn including Council land at Russell Plains Road as a part of their fuel reduction program. 

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

Detailed operational plans have been prepared for each burn including risk assessment and smoke modelling and dispersion. Operations are expected to take one day. While fire intensity is expected to be low, the burn will generate flames, smoke and ash which may persist until the next rainfall event.  

The burn will only be carried out on days when weather conditions are considered suitable meaning the decision to burn is made on a day to day basis. Notifications of scheduled burns will be updated daily on this page and the Tasmania Fire Service website. 

During this time public access to the burn areas will be restricted. The public are 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.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website or Asthma Foundation of Tasmania's website