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Management of Smoke from Planned Burning

​​​​​​​​​​The Environment Protection Policy (Air Quality) 2004 contains provisions on smoke from planned burning. The provisions are not directly enforceable but are to be implemented by the relevant government agencies and by councils when establishing permit conditions, developing policies and undertaking regulatory activities.

Tasmania's Coordinated Smoke Management Strategy (CSMS) is a management tool, coordinated by the Forest Practices Authority (FPA), to reduce smoke pollution levels near populated areas resulting from planned burns. It has been developed in consultation with EPA Tasmania, the forest industry, the Department of Health, Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) and Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS).

Each year the CSMS is monitored and outcomes reviewed in order to improve its operation for the subsequent burn seasons.

Further information about t​he CSMS can be found on the Forest Practices Authority website.

The air quality data which support the CSMS are obtained from EPA Tasmania's statewide air monitoring network. Air quality data from the stations are available in near real time.​

Tasmania Fi​​re Service provides details of where planned burning will occur in the state during permit season. On the What's Burning Now? - Planned Burns Map​ view the approximate locations of burns planned by Sustainable Timbers Tasmania and members of the Forest Industries Association Tasmania. The TFS Bushfire Map provides information about current bushfires in Tasmania. ​

Complaints about smoke from planned burns

​If you wish to lodge a complaint about smoke impact from planned burns, call 1800 005 171 or lodge a complaint to incidentresponse@epa.tas.gov.au.

Impacts from smoke from planned burns are important to capture as part of the strategy to improve smoke management.

EPA Tasmania compiles reports about larger scale smoke events which have been the subject of significant community comment. These reports provide an indication of the circumstances surrounding that event and may be indicative of one or more smoke sources. 

Follow the links below to view the Summary Complaint Reports produced for previous planned burning periods.

Please contact the Air Specialist (details below) for reports relating to earlier burning periods.

Small-scale 'waste-removal' burning

Many burns on private land (typically on acreage-sized blocks) involve the burning of cut and stacked vegetation that would otherwise need processing (e.g. mulching) or removal from the property.  These waste-removal burns have the potential to generate significant local smoke if not conducted correctly.  EPA Tasmania has documented a case study of smoke-minimisation in a waste–removal burn typical of those conducted on 'acreage' properties, and consisting of cut and stacked garden waste. At the end of the report is a four-page summary of the main points to take into account.​

  A case study of smoke-minimisation in a waste–removal burn, June 2014   (5Mb)

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Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with this document.

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

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.