Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Repulse fire - day five status

Tasmania Fire Service
Bushfire Watch & Act Message UPDATED
 
Dawson Road, LAKE REPULSE

Current from: 8/01/2013 11:43AM  until:  8/01/2013 2:00PM or further notice

The communities of Ellendale, Karanja, Westerway, Hamilton and Ouse should remain vigilant and be prepared for any changes in the fire activity.

Current from: 8/01/2013 9:24AM  until:  8/01/2013 NOON or further notice

There is a  large  bushfire at Dawson Road, LAKE REPULSE. The fire is now due east of Ellendale.

The fire danger rating in this area is forecast to be high. Fire under these conditions can be difficult to control. .
The main fire activity today is expected to be focused in the north-western area. This may change unexpectedly with local weather fluctuations today.

The communities of Ellendale, Karanja, Westerway, Hamilton and Ouse should remain vigilant and be prepared for any changes in the fire activity.

This bushfire is currently not controlled.

Reported Road Closures: 
  • Dawsons Road
  • Rockmount Road
  • Lake Repulse Road at the junction with Lyell Highway.
  • Scotts Peak Road and Mt Anne track from Gordon River Road
  • The TFS web information is only up to date at the time of publication. For up to date road closures please refer to the Tasmania Police website: www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/
Ellendale Road, Westerway to Ellendale is now open

What to do:
  • Maintain your activated bushfire plan.
  • Residents that have relocated to a nearby safer place should remain there.
  • If your home is well constructed, prepared and actively defended, it may provide shelter in these conditions.
  • If you don’t have a plan or your plan is to leave – leave now only if the path is clear.
  • If you are away from home: Do not try to return to your home as the roads in this area could be highly dangerous.
  • Non residents should stay away from the affected areas.
  • Monitor ABC Local Radio & http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/ for further instructions.

Community Information:
  • People are reminded that all camp grounds in the area are closed and asked not to return to these camp areas.
  • Motorists must drive with care due to possible impact of smoke and are advised to drive with their lights on. There may also be downed Power lines and wandering stock are creating hazards.
  • The Community Fire Refuge located at "Carinya" near New Norfolk High School, 103 Blair St, NEW NORFOLK has CLOSED.
  • Mt Field National park is closed.
  • Police are urging people to register their details with the National Registration and Inquiry Service on 1800 727 077 or via www.redcross.org.au. This is important to enable police to cross-reference details of possibly displaced people and discount them as a potential concern for welfare where appropriate.
  • People who have already registered at a Community Fire Refuge should re-register on the above number.

TFS Attending Resources:
Resources Arrived:
  2 x LIGHT TANKER
  1 x HEAVY TANKER
  2 x MEDIUM TANKER
  2 x PERSONNEL CARRIER

Resources Mobilised:
  3 x LIGHT TANKER
  1 x MEDIUM TANKER
  1 x CAR

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