Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

16 January 2019

Will Hodgman, Premier

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Police and Emergency Management

Thank you to our dedicated and brave firefighters

Tasmania’s firefighters are continuing to do an incredible job in hot and difficult conditions to protect life and property.

There are around 70 fires burning state-wide and current weather conditions indicate high fire danger, so it is vital Tasmanians remain vigilant and continue to follow advice from the Tasmania Fire Service.

The Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania staff have the Government’s full support to do whatever they need to do to hit fires early and get on top of them as fast as possible.

Resources are in place throughout the state, including strategically placed aircraft, appliances, fire crews, strike teams and support staff.

Firefighting experts from Tasmania's fire agencies are continuing to prioritise a ‘weight of attack’ strategy in the event of a fire starting, to keep fires as small as possible and prevent escalation.

An additional 12 specialised remote area firefighters from New South Wales have been called in to assist with the Gell River fire and a Large Air Tanker from Victoria is working on the Great Pine Tier Fire. TFS will continue to request any additional interstate support required.

We know the community will join the Government in thanking our Tasmanian career and volunteer firefighters, as well as those from interstate who have come to help, for the courageous work they do to keep Tasmanians safe.

For more information and updates, visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or TasALERT.

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