Planned Burns and Bushfire Management Activities

Fuel break (firebreak) Network Improvement Program

A program to improve parts of fuel break or firebreak network commenced in April 2017 and is planned to be completed over the next two years.

The existing network of over 100 fuel breaks along the edge of bushland reserves which adjoin urban areas has been assessed using Tasmania Fire Service guidelines (Fuel Break Guidelines – Guidelines for the design of fuel breaks in the urban-rural interface). 

The work has confirmed that most of Hobart’s fuel break network meets current requirements. 

The assessment has identified a small number of fuel breaks which need some widening and several sites where new fuel breaks are required. Understorey vegetation and shrubs will be removed or thinned. Some trees will be lopped or removed where their canopies overlap to form a continuous connection between bushland and adjoining houses.

Contractors supervised by City of Hobart staff are undertaking the work, which may cause some disruption and noise. The improvement program will be rolled-out across the city's bushland reserve system over time and local residents will be notified before works start.

Fire-trail Network Improvement Program

Works commenced in March 2017 to upgrade a number of important fire-trails required to facilitate bushfire hazard reduction burn programs. The program comprises earthworks to repair and upgrade seven trails to required standards, with a particular focus on drainage to maximise the life of each trail and to minimise the potential for soil erosion.

The seven fire trails are Wayleave, Marlborough, Bramble East, Bramble West, Ridgetop, Water Mains and Giblin Street, located within Ridgeway, Bicentennial and Knocklofty reserves.

If you would like more information on City of Hobart bushfire management programs phone 03 6238 2886 or email