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Bushfires in Tasmania have a significant effect on the forest industry.

Private Forests Tasmania can assist private forest owners determine how to respond to the bushfires by linking them with the information and assistance required.  Please contact us at admin@pft.tas.gov.au.

Please keep up-to-date with bushfires within your area by visiting the Tasmanian Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au or the TasALERT website www.alert.tas.gov.au and call 000 in an emergency.

If you are interested in particular detail of Tasmanian bush fires and the areas burnt, you can view publicly available information on TheLIST.

Visit www.thelist.tas.gov.au, select LISTMap. Select LAYERS from right hand side of screen, ADD LAYER, scroll to EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, select INCIDENT FEEDS, and select the green + button to add FIRE BOUNDARIES FROM TFS WEBSITE. Close the pop up box and zoom to view areas affected.

Bushfire Prevention at Forest Operations

This information has been developed by the Tasmanian Forest Industry Fire Management Committee (FIFMC) to minimise the incidence of wildfire resulting from forest and related operations.  It outlines minimum fire equipment requirements for forest operations and procedures to follow to reduce the risk of fire.

Below documents include Procedures for fire prevention at forest operations and audit form for your use.

Please direct queries to Eva James at eva@aksforestsolutions.com.au

FIFMC instructions on subscribing to the TFS Fire Notification System (for entities who are not already subscribed)

PFT represents non-industrial forest growers on the Forest Industry Fire Management Committee FIFMC). PFT has committed to host FIFMC fire season preparedness documentation and promote instructions available to all private landowners to opt-in to a free Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) automated fire notification service, and will continue to facilitate the provision of these and similar services to non-industrial landowners.  An entity subscribing to the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) automated fire notification service will receive automated email notification of wildfire occurring within a pre-determined distance of a property boundary.


1. Initial request for addition to TFS Notifications is through TFS business contact STATION OFFICER (SO) STATE OPERATIONS (STATE OPS).  Contact darren.gye@fire.tas.gov.au.

2. Following approval from SO STATE OPS, DPIPWE will provide information to entity regarding the correct data format for inclusion in TFS automated notification (data schema and buffer distance).

3. Entity requesting the notifications will provide their data in the correct format to DPIPWE.

4. DPIPWE will QA the data to ensure it meets requirements of the data schema (watch out for '0' in contact numbers).

5. Upload to FTP site for TFS to action (zip new notification shapefiles and upload to FTP FIRE_NOTIFICATION folder).

  • DPIPWE to send email to SO STATE OPS (darren.gye@fire.tas.gov.au)
  • SO STATE OPS to email ITS SERVICE DESK (its.servicedesk@dpfem.tas.gov.au) notifying of upload.
  • The MANAGER ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS (silvana.smillie@police.tas.gov.au) to also be notifie

6. ITS tasks for inclusion of new entities to TFS notifications:

  • ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS to include new landowner table in automated import process and advise APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT of new database table name and location.
  • APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT to modify ANFS to capture new entity.

7. STATE OPS to send email to entity and cc MANAGER ES-GIS to outline the intent and limitations of the TFS Notifications service.


Enquiries relating to issues or questions about TFS Notifications to be directed to SO STATE OPS in the first instance. Contact: darren.gye@fire.tas.gov.au.

Forest and Wind Risk

Historically Tasmania has not been subjected to a lot of catastrophic forest windthrow; however, considering the recent trends of expanding the geographical limits of plantation development into previously undeveloped topographies means that the damage to forests from wind should not be underestimated.

If forests are not assessed for wind risk as part of the strategic forest planning process and appropriate management regimes implemented, the establishment and management of forests (plantation and native) can be severely affected by windthrow and breakage that could result in commercial failure.

Wind risk within forests is dependent upon the interaction of a number of individual factors, including the forest windthrow, stand and treatment hazards. The importance of each factor will vary from place to place and time to time.

Above:  Forest wind risk is determined by windthrow, stand and treatment hazards.

The resultant forest wind risk indicates the likelihood of forests being damaged by winds and trees resulting in windthrow and/or breakage of trees.

Forest wind risk can be used to plan operations in existing forests, and also to design and plan future forests, including the strategic positioning of shelterbelts.

Private Forests Tasmania has produced ‘Forests and wind risk in Tasmania: a guidebook for foresters, landowners and planners’ to introduce them to:

  • the concepts of forest wind risk;
  • a method of determining the level of wind risk for an individual operation, a single coupe, a whole forest or an entire property;
  • a planning framework for wind risk; and,
  • windthrow management strategies to reduce forest wind risk.

And an Excel-based ‘Wind risk calculator’ to assist in the collation of data and determination of the forest wind risk.

A component influencing the windthrow hazard factor of forest wind risk is the ‘topographical exposure’ (TOPEX), where the wind exposure of a site is modified by the influence of the surrounding topography.  The TOPEX can be assessed by survey in the field, or by subjective assessment, however Private Forests Tasmania has developed TOPEX-based exposure maps for Tasmania to more readily, accurately and objectively assess the topographical exposure of an individual operation, a single coupe, a whole forest, a property or an entire landscape.

"TOPEX Webmap coming soon"  Please check back again

DISCLAIMER -  the TOPEX maps are not quantitative risk assessments and should not be used in isolation from the ‘Forests and wind risk in Tasmania: a guidebook for foresters, landowners and planners’.

The ‘Forests and wind risk in Tasmania: a guidebook for foresters, landowners and planners’, Wind Risk Calculator.xl and TOPEX maps may be of assistance to you.  However, PFT and its employees do not guarantee that they are without flaw of any kind, or are wholly appropriate for your particular purpose, and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequence which may arise from you relying on any information in the guidebook, calculator or maps.

If you require further information please contact Private Forests Tasmania.