Saturday, January 23, 2016

No risk to Maydena from southwest fire

MAYDENA is not at any risk from the bushfire burning near Strathgordon, local residents were informed at a community meeting this morning. Tasmania Fire Service community liaison offer Peter Middleton and incident controller Andrew McConnon addressed about 40 members of the public at the Maydena Community Hall.

Google Map showing the location of the bushfire near Strathgordon.
Mr McConnon said the fire that has so far burnt more than 4300 hectares near Strathgordon may take weeks to control. "We will possibly be working there for a month," he said. The blaze started on Mt Cullen in the Southwest National Park last Sunday and is burning in mountainous territory between Lakes Gordon and Pedder.

There was no risk to the town of Maydena which will continue to be the location of a roadblock on Gordon River Rd until further notice. This weekend's Lake Pedder fishing contest has been postponed and people who needed to leave Strathgordon at the end of Gordon River Rd were escorted in a convoy with fire service vehicles at the head and tail.

A team of 25 mainland firefighters will be deployed on the Mt Cullen fire tomorrow.

Check for updates on this fire here.

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