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Woodheater and Open Fire Census 2011

​​​​​​​​​​Tasmania’s population exposure to known airborne pollutants is mainly from particulate matter as a result of wood burning (BLANkET Technical Report 31). Elevated wood smoke-derived particulates are experienced in Tasmania, particularly during the autumn and winter seasons, with the main sources:

  • planned burns, associated with either land management or hazard reduction; and
  • the burning of wood for home heating, from either wood heaters or open fires (solid fuel heating).

The production of two raster files of wood heater counts per 250-m2 and open fire counts per 250-m2 was part of a Tasmanian home heating survey project, established in 2011 to augment the existing EPA Tasmania wood smoke measurement and monitoring programme, BLANkET.

As part of the project, rasters were produced of estimated wood heater and open fire counts in the major population centres.

A report outlining the methods used to produce the two rasters, the wood heater count raster and the open fire count raster can be viewed here.


Raster data are ​available on LISTMap.

Links to the raster in LISTMap for woodheaters for the following towns and surrounding areas: Burnie, Somerset, Wynyard, ​Ulverstone, Devonport, Latrobe,​ Westbury, Longford, Hadspen, Perth, Beaconsfield, Georgetown, Beauty Point, Weymouth, Launceston, New Norfolk, Hobart, Glenorchy, Bridgewater, Richmond, Cambridge, Sorell, Midway Point, Kingston, Huonville and Geeveston.

Links to the raster in LISTMap for open fires for the following towns and surrounding areas: Burnie, Somerset, Wynyard, ​Ulverstone, Devonport, Latrobe,​ Westbury, Longford, Hadspen, Perth, Beaconsfield, Georgetown, Beauty Point, Weymouth, Launceston, New Norfolk, Hobart, Glenorchy, Bridgewater, Richmond, Cambridge, Sorell, Midway Point, Kingston, Huonville and Geeveston.

Monitoring, measurement and modelling of particulates from wood heater use is ongoing at EPA Tasmania, with a number of published technical reports available, as well a live data from stationary monitoring sites.


Air Specialist
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599 Fax: 03 6173 0254
Email: Enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au