Review to examine Tas bushfire response

Several homes were destroyed in the Tasmania summer blazes, some of which raged for weeks.
Several homes were destroyed in the Tasmania summer blazes, some of which raged for weeks.

The response to massive fires in Tasmania that burned more than 200,000 hectares of bush and threatened communities will be examined by an independent review.

Several homes were destroyed in the summer blazes, some of which raged for weeks south of Hobart and in the state's central plateau.

Premier Will Hodgman on Tuesday told state parliament an independent body would examine the causes and chronology of the bushfires and firefighting response.

"There are always lessons to be learned after major fire events and the best way for that to occur is through a robust, independent review," he said.

"In terms of fire area, these are the largest fires in Tasmania since 1967."

About 3000 firefighters, including reinforcements from interstate and overseas, fought the blazes.

Questions were raised by conservationists and opposition political parties about the adequacy of resourcing levels and the extent of fuel-reduction burns.

Some of the blazes sparked before Christmas.

Terms of reference for the review by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council will be revealed later in March, with the final report expected to be delivered by July.

The state government has spent almost $7 million on about 9000 bushfire-assistance grants, Mr Hodgman said.

Australian Associated Press