THE Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service has controlled a 160-hectare fire burning for two days on a remote Tasmanian island.

A fire had been burning in forest on Hogan Island, 70 nautical miles north-west of Flinders Island, for two days.

Four Parks and Wildlife Service staff flew by helicopter from Hobart on Thursday to find the blaze.

A Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman said the fire had damaged mutton bird and penguin rookeries on the island.

He said the burnt area would be monitored to ensure the fire did not spark up again in the following forecasted hot days.

Tasmanian Conservation Trust director Peter McGlone said there were only two service rangers on Flinders Island during summer and the fire typified the service’s lack of resources to manage the region’s national parks and reserves.

”I really doubt they would have the capacity to quickly respond to that fire if it was seriously out of control and threatening the major penguin colony and assets,” he said.

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