Current Tas Fire Service  burning information can be found here
TFS conduct, and issue fire permits for land owners to conduct planned burns.
The TFS can issue any number of permits to burn without knowledge of air quality. See the map below.
In doing so, population health again is of no consideration.
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Every year this smoke is allowed to continue, people are affected for life and will have their lives shortened.
"The present results provide a plausible mechanism for the increased cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality that epidemiological studies have associated with air pollution from biomass smoke inhalation."
"Wood smoke exposure induces a pulmonary and systemic inflammatory response in firefighters." -
European Respiratory Journal July1, 2008 Vol 32 no. 1 129-138
http://erj.ersjournals.com/content/32/1/129.full?ijkey=l1lo7JZW4ACOw&keytype=ref&siteid=ersjnls
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Lets take a look at the above logos which apear together on the TFS website:
Tasmania Fire Service - Encourages burning in preference to cleaner smoke-free methods for fuel reduction.
Parks and Wildlife- Conduct large scale planned burning.
Tourism - It is ok to burn as long as you hide it when major tourism events are taking place.
Forestry Tasmania - Conduct major planned burns.
Forest Industries Association - Main body to do with planned burns.
Asthma Foundation - Standing side-by-side with the burners. Refuse to lobby on behalf of asthmatics.
Woodsmoke - Inflamatory response for Fire Fighters

The photo below comes from the CFA  Vic. website.
You tell me why anybody needs to make this much harmful smoke?
Smoke inhalation can cause airway injury and caused an acute decline in pulmonary functions.  Temporary increase in airway responsiveness has been reported in association with acute exposure to fire smoke.  This is also true with structural fire fighting.  Repeated exposures to smoke may contribute to an excess in annual decline in lung function compared to the normal population.  In wild land fire fighting, exposures may be more centered across a fire season (typically May through November).  Studies of wild land fire fighters noted significant cross-season increases in eye irritation and wheezing symptoms correlated with the fire fighting activities.  Studies have also observed a decline in average FEV1 and FVC cross-seasonally.- International Association of Firefighters

I guess the question has to be asked. Why are firefighters experiencing exposure to smoke when they are provided with Standards-approved Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to wear? They wear the boots and jackets, but not their masks. WHY?
 
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We light them, then we fight them!
Firefighters turn into fire lighters.
'Pyromania' is a desire to burn things.
    
Victoria - Go here to read how a CFA volunteer firefighter firebug 'yearned to be on a fire truck',
and read his sentence here.
Victoria - Another  volunteer firefighter sentenced here is Victoria's worst killer.
Tasmania - Volunteer firefighter sentenced here
West Australia - Two volunteer firefighters charged here:  Sentence here
                            And here: Sentence here
Central Coast NSW - Part-time firefighter charged here
       Adjourned to 7th October 2015 for mention.
      Listed for mention 6th January 2016
      This matter is listed for Mention (Police) on 17 February 2016 9:30 AM before the Local Court - Crime at Wyong.
      Bail to Continue (Not Varied)
      The matter has been adjourned to Gosford Local Court on 11/5/2016 for sentence.
      Non-parole period of 21 months
      Now listed for a Severity Appeal before the District Court Gosford on 15 September 2016
      1.12.2016 - Appeals dismissed. Term of imprisonment 28 months, non-parole of 21 months,
      released to supervised parole 31.8.2018.
Tasmania - Burnie arsonist of same name jailed here
       Further jail time here
NSW coalfields area - RFS probationary member admits to starting four bushfires here
Tasmania - Cleveland (Northern Midlands) man charged here
Tasmania - Longford arsonist faces court here
Tasmania - Longford former volunteer fighfighter turned arsonist sentenced here (3 pages)
Tasmania - Glenorchy former volunteer firefighter arsonist sentenced here
California - Former firefighter sentenced for arson a second time
Bushfire arson  - A review of the literature by the Australian Institute of Criminology  (170 pages)
WA - Former volunteer firefighter jailed for lighting Bedfordale bushfire
Tasmania - people-charged-after-north-west-fires
NSW - Former RFS volunteer Ricky Kenneth Ballard-Lestrange refused bail after allegedly lighting two bushfires at Nabiac
             Former RFS volunteer jailed for a year.
Victoria - Volunteer firefighter jailed for a year after lighting fires as payback to CFA
Tasmania - Volunteer firefighter charged with arson over blaze at TFS fire station




To be continued.....
"OPEN BURNING is Subject to Environmental Regulations & Local Government By-Laws
& any restrictions in parks & reserves."

"YOUR FIRE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY" - TFS

(Your smoke is your responsibility - EMPCA 1994)
Tas Fire Service 'permit' burns.
"If people are more careful with fire the loss and damage to possessions, property and the environment can be greatly reduced."

TFS is concerned with burns causing, "...loss or damage to possessions, property and the environment..."
There is no mention of protecting health or life while conducting deliberate burns.

"TFS role is to ensure that any guidelines for fire use do not increase the risk of fire escapes and consequent damage to community assets." - 29/9/2008

There is no link provided on this page to the Environmental Regulations, but this would mean EMPCA-1994.
The link provided for Local Government By-Laws takes you to a page which just lists the 29 local council websites. It does not take you to the following website which details each council's by-laws. Happy hunting to find a by-law to mitigate smoke!
Using fire outdoors - from the TFS wesite
These burns are in addition to major burns conducted around the state by the the Forest Industries (government and private), Parks and Wildlife, and councils.

Outside the Fire Permit Period, burns are no longer counted as 'permit burns.'  The TFS encourages all burns over 2 ha to be registered with them so they can avoid unnecessary call outs. These burns are known as 'registered burns.'  Registration is not compulsory and it would seem there is no maximum size a burn can be. Registration can be current for months.

Although TFS claim, "Consideration should be given to environmental, social, and health concerns" and acknowledge, "Fire can have an impact on air quality" ( TFS- Fire Managing the Risk) these sanctioned burns do contribute much smoke to our airsheds.
TFS are members of the Smoke Management Working Group and they know this smoke is just as harmful as any other source of smoke.
Tasmania Fire Service
Compo deal for firefighters - yes they absolutely deserve it, but...
What happens to members of the general public who experience cancer-causing smoke day in and day out from deliberately lit planned burns., and the volunteer firefighters who are not included in this deal?
Tasmania has about 300 career firefighters, 5000 volunteer firefighters, and 500,000 people in the state.
There seem to be no controls on firefighters who decide to deliberately expose themselves to these harmful particulates. Firies are provided with personal protective equipment in the way of masks but some choose not to use them (and here). You also need to be clean shaven to wear the masks properly.
Work-related stress for fire fighter
Premier Will Hodgman commits to an inquiry 'after fires' - 4.2.2016
The terms of referrence should include health effects from the smoke, and the inquiry should not just be limited to the World Heritage Protection Area as smoke has no boundaries.
Real-time bushfire monitoring satellite warning system to be developed by Geoscience Australia
Check out Sentinel Hotspots to see if it locates the burns in progress!
Tassie fires linked to human-induced climate change, study finds 24.2.2016


Water bombers tackle fires. Here in Tasmania it is common practice to let them burn and make smoke.
Listen to the song, "...they won't let me put out fires isn't that a shame..."
Here we play around with bambi buckets for days/weeks on end whilst the fires rage and people are put at risk.
We should be extinguishing fires this way and then go home.
Pyrolysis demonstration for firefighters - much better for the environment than open burning
Tasmania Fire Service calls for calm over smoke   "We light them we fight them"- see above.
TFS should be using smoke-less fuel reduction methods.
More fuel-reduction spin that ignores the health and climate change impacts of this out-dated burning practice. And HERE
On the 26/10/2015 at 1736hrs I took this photo in the Grindelwald/Bridgenorth planned burn area when I disturbed these birds and they took flight.  The biggest one is an eagle, the others are ravens (crows).   Eagles nests are protected.
And it was burnt HERE and HERE
Further information on the TFS fuel reduction unit burns can be found on the Forest Industries, Forico and  Parks and Wildlife pages.  There is $28.5 million to spend so they are all involved.
Pollutants go up in the flames
Planned burning and the effect on native wildlife.
Previous studies have shown feral cats can travel up to 20km to detect a fire where they will hunt.
"They'll feed there for about two weeks taking advantage picking off small animals, lizards and invertebrates"
The ones that aren't burnt to death in the planned burns are cleaned up by feral cats.
22 May 2014: $28m fuel reduction proposal - $0 extra for Health as a result
25 October 2014 - Sauer to take charge of state fire management

By ALEXANDRA HUMPHRIES - Examiner newspaper 25.10.2014

VOLUNTEER firefighter Ian Sauer will fill the chairman position on the State Fire Management Council.
Mr Sauer will oversee the roll out of the government's $28.5 million statewide fuel reduction program, which will use controlled
burnoffs to ease bushfire risk in the state.
Mr Sauer said the program was based on science with a practical application.
"The whole plan is based on science, so that takes away a lot of the argument of the need to have a hazard reduction burning, but at
the same time there's been an action plan in that," he said.
"Tasmania should be, I think, pleased and proud of what's been happening. The outcome of it all is going to be safer communities and
safer assets in Tasmania."
With the burnoff season coming to a close, Mr Sauer said his position over summer would be education-based.
"My role over the next few months over the summer period will be liaising with a range of stakeholders including private landowners,
making sure they're on board and making sure they understand," he said.
Emergency Services Minister Rene Hidding announced the appointment yesterday.
Mr Hidding said the bushfire at St Helens last week was an example of the program working, because the fire moved into a
previously burnt-off area.
"Following the Dunalley bushfires it was found, formally, plus every landowner in Tasmania knew, we needed to do far more fuel
reduction burns to protect Tasmania against those out-of-control wildfires that cost so many properties and can cost many lives" he
said.
Editors note: Science says more people are dying from inhaling particle pollution in Tasmania than are being burnt to death by fire.
State Fire Management Council - Position Paper on the Management of Smoke arising from Prescribed Burning of Vegetation



21 September 2015:   $1.3m more. From federal funding under National Bushfire Mitigation Program.
Fuel reduction burn near Grindelwald
Concerns were raised with TFS and with the media.     Alternate methods to burning should be used.
Fuel Reduction Unit - "most approppriate method" but haven't tried any alternatives.
30.3.2016 - Response to FRU on proposed Bridgenorth burns.
Burnoff policies could be damaging habitats for 100 years.
"Change the bash ní burn mentality that achieves very little!"
Firies don't agree - an aggressive fuel reduction burn commences
8th October 2015:  Fuel reduction burn-offs halted.
10th October 2015: Fire Service calls halt after blazes