Saturday, March 2, 2019

Increased smoke from south-west fires

Tasmania Fire Service and Parks and Wildlife Service officers
speaking at Maydena last week.
SMOKE from the ongoing bushfire at Gell River in the South-West may cause smoke to impact on Maydena, Tyenna, Mt Field and National Park this afternoon. The Tasmania Fire Service says there has been increased fire activity and visible smoke north-west of Maydena.

"Flare-ups both within the fire area and on the fire edge will continue for several days," a TFS spokesman said.  "These flare-ups will be difficult for crews to access and control under today's conditions." The fire has been burning since December 28.

There is no immediate threat to communities but people in Maydena, Tyenna, Mt Field and National Park should keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

The majority of firefighting is being conducted in remote and rugged terrain. These areas are difficult to access, requiring remote fire fighting specialist crews from Parks & Wildlife Services, Sustainable Timbers Tasmania and support by aerial water bombing aircraft to extinguish hot spots. Hot spots are being identified using infrared technology and will continue to burn for some time.

A total fire ban has been declared today, March 2 for all southern municipalities and the West Coast. at 2.10pm the temperature was 38.6 degrees at Bushy Park, the hottest March day on record.

For information on current track and visitor facility closures in parks and reserves, please visit the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service website www.parks.tas.gov.au > Track/Reserve Closures & Visitor Advice.

People travelling in the area should be aware emergency services vehicles will be on local roads supporting firefighting activities. Keep out of burnt areas due to the risk of falling trees.

Click here for the latest update on the Gell River fire.

For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the fire. Advice is available from the Department of Health www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air/bushfire_smoke or the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania www.asthmatas.org.au

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