Wayatinah bushfire – contained!

AFTER a worrying week, the Wayatinah Rd bushfire has now been contained, the Tasmania Fire Service reports. As of 8pm today, six fire-fighting vehicles including a light aircraft are attending to the fire – a significant reduction from the resources allocated over the last week.

The fire has burnt an area of about 6350 hectares. The main fire activity is now in the Heals Spur area in the north-western corner, and Mt Thunderbolt in the south-western area. Strengthening containment lines has been the main focus for fire-fighting crews today. The western section of this fire has seen the majority of crew and dozer deployment.

Remote-area team personnel from the Parks and Wildlife Service and Tasmania Fire Service are operating in difficult terrain in the vicinity of Heals Spur. Smoke activity may be visible west of Wayatinah as a result. Due to variable winds this may affect communities of Ouse, Hamilton, Ellendale Wayatinah Westerway and Maydena.

A multi-agency incident management team consisting of members from Forestry Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife, Norske Skog, Information and Land Services and the Tasmania Fire Service continue to manage firefighting activities.

Public Safety Warning: People are strongly urged to stay away from the camping areas along the Broad River and Repulse Dam until further notice. Tasmania Police will be patrolling the area and enforcing this. Closed roads must only be entered by fire crews and local residents.
No public access will be allowed on the Florentine Rd south of Wayatinah to the junction of the Florentine River due to fire fighting operations.

Road closures: Long Spur Rd (B Station Rd), Florentine Rd, Dawsons Rd and the southern end of Catagunya Rd, Lake Repulse Rd from the Lyell Hwy to the Repulse Dam. All traffic on these roads is restricted to fire fighting crews and local residents.

Monitor ABC Local Radio 936AM Hobart and the Tasmania Fire Service website for further information.

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