Sunday, February 21, 2016

Southwest bushfire latest

FORESTRY Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife crews have made good progress with the blacking-out of remaining hotspots on the eastern edge of the Mt Cullen fireground with helicopter waterbombing support.

Although there are areas burning within the containment lines and in some instances close the the fire boundary, fire spread has been minimal for a number of days following recent rainfall. The fire was assessed using ground patrols and infrared scans today, and monitoring will continue over the following days for the remainder of the fire boundary, ahead of predicted warmer conditions leading into Tuesday and Wednesday.

All walking tracks leading off Scotts Peak Road are now open including the Mt Anne area, Lake Judd Track, Port Davey Track.

Gordon River Rd remains closed at the Scotts Peak Rd junction.

To gain access to areas that are effected by road closures please contact the Public Information Officer at the Incident Management Team at Cambridge, phone 6225 8327. Please provide as much notice as possible as an escort needs to be arranged. With the prolonged road closures this is being done in a co-ordinated way.

All roads beyond the Scotts Peak Rd junction, including Gordon River Rd are only open to essential services (i.e. Supplies for Strathgordon Village; Hydro etc). This section of  road is likely to remain closed for some time (several weeks).

Scotts Peak Rd is open, this includes access to the Huon and Edgar Campgrounds. Campfires have been banned until further notice at the Huon campground in the South-West National Park due to the current fire situation (gas stoves are permitted).

Emergency service vehicles and personnel will be in the area for several weeks to come.


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