It would be difficult for anyone in Tasmania to have escaped knowledge of the extensive bushfires that have burnt throughout Tasmania during the past summer. Over 200,000 ha was burnt, with about 93,000 ha in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. A number of fire-sensitive areas have been seriously impacted or destroyed. Is this the new norm? We provide some analysis and comment.

Huon Gorge after Jan 2019 wild fire, with Arthur Ranges beyond, 23 Feb 2019. Photo: Grant Dixon

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.