Fire in the Wilderness

//Fire in the Wilderness

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The bushfire situation in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has worsened significantly in the last 40 years. Neither arson nor accidental ignitions from campfires are the most significant threat. Since the early 2000s fires started by dry lightning have become the most significant concern.

Effective fire management depends on a range of risk management actions, none of which on their own provides a complete solution.

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Giblin River bushfire, southwest Tasmania, Jan 2013. Fire started by lightning. Note that the fire has largely burned buttongrass but in places has burned right up onto the mountain range. Photo: Adrian Pyrke

The Giblin River bushfire, started by lightning in Jan 2013, largely burned buttongrass but in places burnt right up onto the mountain range. Photo: Adrian Pyrke

The Tasmanian National Parks Association offers an independent voice for Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, to ensure they are managed for the conservation of the values for which they were proclaimed.

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