Are you ready for bushfire season?

Bush fire
Bush fire

Do you know what to do when a bushfire threatens your area?

As the Tasmanian fire sea­son approaches, it’s import­ant to have a plan and know your options.
Community Bushfire Protection Planning is a national initiative that helps to identify safety options during a bushfire threat.

Tasmania Fire Service works closely with commu­nities, local government, service providers, and other government agencies to create Community Bushfire Protection Plans and im­plement risk management strategies.

Each plan is tailored to indi­vidual communities to best suit their needs.

Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer, Dermot Barry said it was important for people to be prepared, regardless of whether they choose to stay or leave if a bushfire threat­ens their community.

“Understanding risks and taking steps to mitigate them is important for ev­eryone, but especially those living in bushfire prone areas,” he said.

“We want to make sure people are informed, pre­pared and ready for when a bushfire strikes.”

Community Bushfire Pro­tection Plans provide advice on what to do:
• Before the fire
• When fires are likely or nearby; and
• After the fire.

There are currently 139 Community Bushfire Protection Plans in place across Tasmania, with nine new plans for Murdunna, Heybridge, Redpa, Mar­rawah, Ringarooma, Bakers Beach, Penguin, Beech­ford and Deviot due to be added soon. Additionally, 11 existing plans have been updated in Strahan, Zeehan, Molesworth, Tinderbox, Campania, Eagle Hawk Neck, Ansons Bay, Claude Road, Taranna, Cradle Mountain and South Ho­bart.

To see your local area’s Community Bushfire Protection Plan, visit the TFS website at http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/

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