Why do we have total fire bans?

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A total fire ban is issued when the potential for a fire to develop rapidly and exceed control is likely according to the Bureau of Meteorology predictions.

During a total fire ban, no fires can be lit or allowed to remain alight in the open air on any land for any purpose except those used in fire suppression by Tasmania Fire Service and other authorised services.

Any fire permits that had been previously granted are suspended for the duration of the total fire ban. Gas stoves and gas or electric barbecues may be used, provided they are clear of flammable material for a distance of one metre.

Cutting and welding machines and similar tools can be used only if a hot works permit has been issued by Tasmania Fire Service and identified risk mitigation measures have been put in place. 

More information on total fire bans

See the current fire ban status