Fire likely to burn for weeks

Mayors Flint and Evans with Gerald Crawford

THE Meadowbank bushfire had been caused by a car driving in long grass last Saturday, the Bushy Park community was told at a fire service briefing today.

About 20 members of the public attended the 1pm meeting at the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool Hall, along with representatives of Local Government and the Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Police, State Emergency Service and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

TFS incident controller Greg Butters said rain was expected later tonight and this would help to bring the fire under control. Fire crews will remain at the scene for the next few days at least, blackening out control lines. An infra-red survey carried out this morning had indicated the hot-spots that needed further attention.

Mr Butters said the fire was likely to burn for several weeks to come, until there was significant rain.

TFS district officer Gerald Crawford urged everyone to become better prepared for bushfires and grassfires. “For those who haven’t done any fire protection planning around their home, now is the time to do so,” he said.

Latest advice: Current from: 3/3/2012 4:26PM until: 4/3/2012 9:30AM or further notice

There is a large bushfire at Meadowbank Rd, Meadowbank, which is in the process of being contained.

The fire danger rating in this area is forecast to be low-moderate. Fire under these conditions can be controlled .

There is no immediate threat to communities. This bushfire is predominately within established containment lines.

At times during the day there may be smoke in the area due to back burning operations near Rockmount Rd and along Ellendale Rd, from Gordon River Rd north to Jones River Rd. 

Reported road closures: Nil

What to do:

  • Review your bushfire plan now; well constructed and prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.
  • Unless you are a resident or on business, consider avoiding travel in this area.
  • Stay informed in case conditions change.
  • Monitor ABC Local Radio and www.fire.tas.gov.au for further information.

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