Bushfire fuel reduction program

Reducing the build-up of flammable materials in the City of Hobart’s bushland reserves is an important part of preparing for the bushfire season. It helps protect people, property and our natural environment from the risk of destructive wildfire.

The City reduces fuel loads through low-intensity fuel reduction burns, taking advantage of suitable weather conditions to ensure operations are carried out with minimal risk.

We only burn when wind and temperature conditions are suitable. Ground fuels such as grass and leaf litter also need to be sufficiently dry.

Signs are displayed in reserves scheduled for planned burns and people living near targeted areas are notified in advance. 

Some walking and cycling tracks may need to be closed during fuel reduction burns. They will be re-opened when the area is safe. 

Please follow all safety directions and remain clear of fuel reduction burns. There is a heightened risk of trees and branches falling during and immediately following such operations.

We advise residents to take appropriate precautions during burns: keep doors and windows closed, remove washing from clothes lines and make sure pets are in a protected area.

Motorists are advised to slow down and take care if driving through smoke, keep windows up and turn your headlights on.

Autumn fuel reduction program

Eleven fuel reduction burns are planned under the City’s 2019 autumn burns program, covering approximately 246 hectares of bushland. This may include small pockets of private land. 

Weather permitting, burns are scheduled to begin in early April.

Reserve

Burn Name

Area ha (CoH)

Area ha (Other)

Total Area

Queens Domain

Cleary's Gates Road

9.2

 

9.2

Knocklofty Reserve

Knocklofty West

57.2

3.2

60.4

Ridgeway Park

Halls FT/Wayleave FT West

19.7

 

19.7

Ridgeway Park

Ridgetop South

18.2

 

18.2

Bicentennial Park

Hargrave Place

4.1

 

4.1

Ridgeway Park

Huon Road

23.7

 

23.7

Wellington Park

Inglewood

30.1

 

30.1

Queens Domain

Gun Powder Magazine

7.2

 

7.2

Queens Domain

North Domain (grassy section)

10.8

 

10.8

Bicentennial Park

Rialannah North

5.5

 

5.5

Wellington Park

Breakneck (Stage 2)

57.5

 

57.5

TOTAL AREA (ha)

243.2

3.2

246.4

 

Three year strategy

The City’s fuel reduction program is part of a three-year strategy that began in 2018. 

The strategy includes extensive fire trail and firebreak upgrades, flora and fauna surveys as well as the protection of high value conservation areas prior to any planned burns.

Key stakeholders are notified of plans for each year’s fuel reduction program including Bushcare groups, the Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

Once approved both the Tasmania Fire Service and the City of Hobart display them on their websites.