Bushfire fuel reduction program

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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 and helps protect people, property and our natural environment from the risk of destructive bushfire.

The City reduces fuel loads through its fuel reduction program, carrying out low-intensity, controlled burns during suitable weather conditions to ensure operations are conducted with minimal risk.

If these burns cannot be carried out safely they are included in the following year’s program.

IMPORTANT: Nearby residents are contacted before fuel reduction burns are carried out. If you or any member of your household has health or breathing conditions during a fuel reduction burn that may be impacted by smoke, please contact the City as soon as possible on 03 6238 2886 or email parks@hobartcity.com.au

Please also get in touch if our burns could impact your household in any other way. We can put you on a notifications list and will endeavour to email you 24 hours before we carry out the burn to help you manage your specific risks.   

Safety advice

During fuel reduction burns we close the surrounding area to the public for safety reasons. Please do not proceed past any track closure signs until the site has been reopened.

You may notice smoke or smouldering logs for several days after the burn. Please do not be alarmed, this is to be expected. Our staff will patrol the area for several days to ensure the fire does not reignite. However, if concerned, please contact us on 03 6238 2886 or parks@hobartcity.com.au

  • 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.

All of our burns are registered with the Tasmania Fire Service and can be checked on the service's website.

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.