Saturday, January 5, 2013

A quieter night

Smoky sunset at Granton tonight
A SHED in the Ellendale area is believed to be the only structure lost the huge bushfire that started near Lake Repulse earlier in the week. The fire now covers an area of 9530 hectares. Generally milder conditions throughout the day have greatly assisted firefighting efforts in the Derwent Valley, Tasman Peninsula and East Coast, and all emergency warnings have been downgraded to "watch and act" tonight.

The community fire refuge at Ouse was closed this afternoon, with all intending evacuees in the Derwent Valley now being directed to the refuge at New Norfolk. Numbers at this venue at the Carinya Education Park near New Norfolk High School swelled to 76 on Friday night and all have since returned home or found alternative accommodation. As of 9.30 tonight there were no evacuees in the New Norfolk centre but the facility remains open.

The fire danger rating in this area is forecast to be high. This bushfire is currently not controlled and there may be embers, smoke and ash falling on Fentonbury, National Park, Westerway and New Norfolk. Ellendale, Gretna, Hamilton, Ouse and Meadowbank need to be aware of the fire danger. Monitor ABC Local Radio & http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/ for further instructions.

Click here for the latest Tasmania Fire Service update on the Lake Repulse fire.

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