Monday, January 14, 2013

Repulse fire nearly contained

THE Tasmania Fire Service expects to have secondary containment lines in place around the Lake Repulse bushfire this evening. The fire is now entering its second week and has covered an area of more than 11,500 hectares.

The main fire activity continues to be on the northern end of the western side, moving across the Broad River area. This area is very steep and rocky terrain and has proved to be very difficult for ground crews to access. Remote area teams from New Zealand and the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service will be working in that area.

The main area of this fire continues to produce smoke that may be visible to the communities of Ellendale, Karanja, Westerway, Hamilton, Ouse and Risbys Rd. Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and be prepared for any changes in fire activity. There is no immediate threat to communities.

Even though cooler conditions are being experienced, residents need to remain vigilant as conditions can change rapidly. Members of the public in affected areas need to be cautious of falling trees and branches that may fall with little or no warning.

Motorists need to drive with care as there may be fallen trees, downed power lines and wandering stock near roads. Mt Field National Park is open for day use only.

Reported Road Closures: Lake Repulse Rd and Cluny Lagoon Rd near Ouse are closed from the intersection with the Lyell Highway; Dunrobin Rd bridge over Sabbath Creek is out; Dawsons Rd, Meadowbank is open to residents only; Southern walking tracks and camping grounds are closed; and a 7 tonne load limit applies to the bridge on the Cluny Lagoon Rd (over Cluny Lagoon) and the Repulse Dam bridge. 

Monitor ABC Local Radio & http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/ for further information.

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