Monday, January 25, 2016

Good progress reported on southwest bushfire

FIRE continues to burn in rugged terrain within the Mt Cullen area on both sides of the Gordon River Rd near Strathgordon. The Tasmania Fire Service says the fire activity is currently low due to favourable weather conditions, but people are asked to remain informed as conditions can change when  temperatures are predicted to rise mid-week.

Remote area fire crews from the Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, New South Wales and Forestry Tasmania personnel, supported by aerial water suppression made good progress today and will continue their efforts over the coming days to establish control boundaries.

Walking tracks at Mt Wedge, Sentinel Range and Mt Anne Range remain closed. Wedge River, Edgar and Huon campgrounds are closed. Adamsfield Conservation Area is also closed.

For safety reasons the Gordon River Road is closed at Maydena and will remain closed until the fire is contained. Keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or monitoring the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

A statewide Total Fire Ban remains in force until midnight this Tuesday.

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