Media release – Parks and Wildlife Service, 19 December 2021

PWS response to current bushfires

Two bushfires are now burning in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area near Eldon Range west of Lake St Clair and at Mt Rufus immediately west of Lake St Clair, following multiple dry lightning strikes on Saturday morning.

A vegetation fire at Drys Bluff on the Central plateau is being patrolled. The Drys Bluff track has been closed temporarily as a precaution.

A Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service Incident Management Team is gathering intelligence on each fire and its likely behaviour over the coming days. These fires are burning in remote areas only accessible by helicopter.

PWS Deputy Secretary Jason Jacobi said the PWS deployed its remote area winching crews on Saturday immediately following the storm event.

“The remote area winching crews were unable to reach the Eldon Range fire due to weather conditions but re-deployed to Mt Rufus and have been successful at containing that fire,” said Mr Jacobi.

Weather conditions today (Sunday, 19 December) are favourable with rain forecast state-wide.

Further intelligence will be gathered on the Eldon Range fire on Sunday morning and a plan put in place to respond and protect values in that area.

The PWS is also responding to a fire at Bakers Beach Rd in the north, with TFS and STT firefighters.

The fire at Sisters Beach has been determined to be under control and PWS firefighters are working to ensure the fire remains contained.

“PWS and TFS had put in an extraordinary combined effort to contain the fire and to protect further risk to life and property, with much work still to be done to rehabilitate areas impacted during the suppression efforts and to control fire still burning underground”, said Mr Jacobi.