Wayatinah bushfire latest – 7.30pm Thursday

THE Wayatinah bushfire increased in size again today, but favourable conditions saw the alert level downgraded to “advice” and the nearby Mt Field National Park was reopened to the public.

Tonight’s advice from the Tasmanian Fire Service is that the large bushfire between Wayatinah and Ouse is now about 5942 hectares in size. The main fire is between Wayatinah and Repulse Dam.

Fire crews from the Tasmania Fire Service, Forestry Tasmania, Gunns, and Norske Skog today concentrated their efforts on active fires between Mt Thunderbolt and Lake Repulse and also an outbreak at Heals Spur. Helicopters have been used to assist with water bombing, fire mapping and reconnaissance.

Cooler temperatures are predicted for next two days, but warmer weather is expected early next week.

Fire crews assisted by helicopter water-bombing will be concentrating their efforts on trying to protect Hydro and Transend electricity generation and transmission infrastructure in the Heals Spur area that may be impacted on by the fire in the next 24 hours.

A multi-agency Incident Management Team consisting of members from Forestry Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife, Norske Skog and the Tasmania Fire Service continue to manage firefighting activities. Crews from the northern TFS taskforce will return to the north of the state tomorrow morning.

Road closures in these areas, to tourists and passersby are: Long Spur Rd (B Station Rd), Florentine Rd, Dawsons Rd, Lake Dobson Rd and the southern end of Catagunya Rd. All traffic on these roads is restricted to firefighting crews and local residents.

Mt Field National Park has been re-opened , but the Lake Dobson road will remain closed until further notice.

If you are away from home: Returning to your home may not be possible as roads in these areas may be dangerous, please check with Tasmania Police or visit the TFS website. Stay informed in case conditions change. Listem o ABC Local Radio 936AM Hobart for further information

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