Saturday, January 5, 2019

South-West bushfire community update

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TASMANIA FIRE SERVICE
COMMUNITY INFORMATION NEWSLETTER
MAYDENA - GELL RIVER BUSHFIRE

Incident information
The bushfire at Gell River continues to burn, currently under an Advice Alert and is approximately 17,500ha in size.

Weather conditions eased overnight which is helping firefighting efforts today. The fire is still uncontained and people need to remain alert and stay up-to-date with any changes through the TFS website and ABC local radio.

Priorities for the Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are:
  • Targeted firefighting efforts to hotspots and active fire edges, and
  • Assess options to control the fire over the coming week.
Fifty personnel from Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania Fire Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania along with six rotary-wing aircraft are allocated to this fire.

Today, infrared scanning of the fire is being done to identify hotspots for on-the-ground crews and water-bombing activities. There will be increased aircraft activity in the Maydena and surrounding areas.

The following walking tracks remain closed:
  • Timbs Track
  • Adamsfield Track
  • Vale of Rasselas Track
  • Lake Rhona Track
  • Denison Traverse
  • Squirrel Creek to Lake Curly Track, and
  • Sawback 4WD Track and access to Adamsfield.
Weather conditions
Benign weather is currently forecast for the next five to seven days. This weather will assist the firefighting efforts and allow the creation of containment lines and asset protection plans.

Community meetings
Currently, no further community meetings are planned at this time.

Stay informed
For information on fires in Tasmania and general fire safety advice, please contact  the Tasmanian Bushfire Information Line on freecall 1800 000 699.

Check the latest warnings and advice messages at www.fire.tas.gov.au.
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TasmaniaFireService/)
Twitter (https://twitter.com/TasFireService)
Local ABC Radio (89.7FM)
Commercial FM radio station with "good" reception in the area (107.3FM)

Health information
For information on how smoke from bushfires can affect your health, and emergency assistance availability:
The Department of Health and Human Services https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air

Road information
Information on updated road closures is available via 13 14 44 or the Tas Police website
https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/
https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/closures_delays

Useful information
Fire incident name: Gell River, Southwest.
Fire incident number: 18041050

Issued by the Tasmania Fire Service, January 5, 2019.

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