Tasmanian Fire Update

2015 was the hottest year in recorded history and Tasmania, unfortunately, has been hit hard by this extreme weather. Up to 50 wildfires have burned statewide, most in alpine and inaccessible areas. This had left the west coast including the Gordon River National park, central plateau and world heritage areas of the south affected badly. Approximately 40,000 hectares of heritage listed land has burned and put rare species of flora and fauna at risk of destruction. Thankfully no lives have been lost nor property, however, the damage to this unique ecosystem has been extensive and thorough. Fires close to populations centres have been put under control as weather conditions aided these areas. Glimpses of the charred and blackened landscapes Tasmania is so famous for having lush and green shows just how big a threat these fires pose.

 

Tyler Martin

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