"Concerns are growing about a bushfire within three kilometres of the Olegas Truchanas Huon Pine Forest on the Denison River deep in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Area. The Tasmanian Fire Service is attending the fire which was first reported two days ago. The cause is unknown but the fire has burnt out 349 hectares of wild country near the Maxwell River which is the Denison River’s major tributary. The Denison, in turn, flows into the Gordon River," said Bob Brown.
"This intact Huon pine forest was protected in 1970 after a four-years campaign by Olegas Truchanas. It was first described by Robert Sticht, from Queenstown, in 1928.
In 1969 Truchanas reported the forest as ‘without reasonable doubt … the only remaining stand of large mature Huon pines in Tasmania and therefore the world’.
The fire is separated from the Huon pine reserve by the Prince of Wales Range which terminates in Olegas Bluff. The prospect of some 10mm rain tonight in the area is welcome," concluded Bob Brown.