Media release – Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, 14 December 2021

Campfire restrictions for national parks and reserves

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will be putting in place campfire restrictions from 2am on 18 December 2021 until further notice.

PWS State Fire Manager Katy Edwards said the restrictions were an important measure to ensure safe communities, safe camping and enjoyment of our national parks and reserves this summer.

The restrictions include a ban on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves in high-risk campgrounds across a number of parks and reserves. Restrictions have been imposed on the use of pot fires, as sparks, embers, and disposal of ash from pot fires can provide an ignition source. Gas stoves and gas barbecues are permitted.

With the likelihood of localised seasonal wind events in the south east, on the north east and east coasts during early December coupled with extended dry periods, there is potential for fires to take hold and spread rapidly.

Grass and crop growth is significant this season due to a wetter than average spring and curing grass is likely to be a fuel hazard in the next few weeks.

The seasonal campfire restrictions apply to national parks and reserves in the Dorset, Break O’Day, Glamorgan/Spring Bay, Sorell and Tasman municipalities, Snaky Creek and Tooms Lake Conservation Areas, Narawntapu National Park and on Flinders and Maria Islands.

Ms Edwards said: “For the early part of Tasmania’s fire season most of the state has had below normal fire potential. However, we must be prepared for weather conditions that are coming.

“Community and visitor safety is our priority and that means preventing bushfires from starting, abandoned, escaped or poorly-constructed campfires are a risk to communities and visitors.

“Last year there were 113 reports of unattended or illegal campfires on PWS managed land.

“We want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience and we appreciate assistance from visitors and the community in complying with fire restrictions.”

Information on the locations affected by campfire restrictions will be available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au by 18 December.