Fire emergency downgraded

AFTER burning out an area of about 2000 hectares, the status of the Meadowbank bushfire has tonight been downgraded by the Tasmania Fire Service. The TFS has issued a “Bushfire Advice Message” with effect until 7.40pm Tuesday.

After two days of high temperatures in the Derwent Valley, the fire danger rating for the next few days is forecast to be low to moderate. Some 24 fire crews have been deployed overnight to monitor the fire, focussing on asset protection along the Gordon River Rd between Karanja and Westerway.

This bushfire is not yet controlled and there may be embers, smoke and ash falling on Mt Lloyd, Lachlan, Moogara, Glenfern, Feilton, Hayes and Salmon Ponds.

Meadowbank Dam Rd remains closed as does Meadowbank Rd, Rockmount Rd, and Gordon River Rd between Westerway and Glenora.  

Visibilty may be affected when travelling on the Lyell Highway and other roads in the area due to smoke. Tasmania Police will be patrolling roads in the area.
The Tasmania Fire Service recommends:

  • Check your bushfire plan now; well constructed and prepared homes are defendable in these conditions
  • If you don’t have a bushfire plan or your plan is to leave, consider leaving the affected area for a relative or friends place if conditions worsen, only if the path is clear
  • Unless you are a resident or have urgent business, consider avoiding travel in this area
  • Stay informed in case conditions change
  • Monitor www.fire.tas.gov.au for further information
  • If there is any fire activity causing you concern, report it by calling 000.

Further media reports:

  • The Mercury’s 9.15pm update and photo gallery here
  • ABC TV’s 7pm news report and video here

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