Tasmanian world heritage forest destroyed in wildfires
About 1.2 per cent of the Tasmanian World Heritage forests has been destroyed by fire, including areas where fire has not been part of the normal ecological process, causing concern that these areas, which contain rare species including the king billy pine, will not regenerate. The fires have burnt more than 100,000 hectares, including the 19,000 hectares in the World Heritage Area.
More than 25 fires are still burning across the state, down from more than 70 blazes in remotes areas over the past month sparked by lightning strikes.
About 250 interstate firefighters have arrived at a specially erected tent city in Stanley in the state’s north west. The Tasmania Fire Service said this was the biggest mobilisation of interstate firefighters in the state’s history.
The Australian Defence Force has helped establish the firefighter Stanley camp at Stanley to house crews from South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
Tasmanian fire authorities hope cool and damp conditions will allow them “to get in closer” to tackle major blazes.