Reducing Smoke

Reducing Smoke

To protect our health, it’s important to reduce the amount of smoke in the air where we can.

Other than bushfires, smoke comes from wood heaters and planned burns.

Wood heaters

In winter, wood heaters are the main source of smoke in Tasmania, causing poor air quality in many areas.

A poorly operated wood heater not only creates less heat, but can produce much more smoke than a well operated heater.

There are several things you can do to improve your wood heater use.

  • Use dry firewood, and store your firewood under cover.
  • Use smaller logs instead of larger logs.
  • Keep the flue open for at least 20 minutes after starting the fire or adding wood.
  • Regularly maintain your flue.

For more information on improving wood heater use, visit the Environment Protection Authority

Regulations are in place to control the manufacture, importation and sale of wood heaters, and prohibit the resale and installation of heaters that do not meet the current Australian Standards (AS 4012:2014 and AS 4013:2014). For more information on these standards, visit the Environment Protection Authority

Planned burns

The Coordinated Smoke Management System (CSMS) administered by Tasmania's Forest Practices Authority (FPA) is a smoke management tool used by the main agencies and organisations conducting planned burns in Tasmania. Current users of the CSMS include Sustainable Timber Tasmania, members of the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT), the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS), several local councils and other organisations.

Other burning may be conducted on private land, such as for vegetation waste removal. A guide to minimising smoke from small-scale burns is available from the EPA.

For more information on planned burns and how they are managed, visit the Environment Protection Authority

updated February 2020