A FIRE near Ellendale has closed parts of Mt Field National Park to visitors today. The vegetation fire at Repulse, 11km north-west of Ellendale, is burning in an area west of the Broad River. The fire was reported at 6.30 yesterday evening and is now partly controlled by Forestry Tasmania fire crews, a bulldozer and a helicopter, according to the Tasmania Fire Service.
The TFS advises that based on the predicted fire weather conditions for today, the Parks and Wildlife Service has closed the Lake Dobson visitor services area and the remote walking tracks of Mt Field National Park. The day-use area around the Mt Field visitor centre and Russell Falls remains open.
Today (January 22, 2009) has been declared a day of total fire ban in the south of Tasmania.
Visitors planning a trip to Mt Field can phone 6288 1149 for an update on any facilities closed due to the extreme fire weather danger today.
See the TFS website for up-to-date bushfire information here.