JANUARY 11 has been declared a Day of Total Fire Ban in the state’s south, including the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands municipalities. “This is due to a significant warming event and the associated conditions of low humidity and increasing winds,” Tasmania Fire Service acting regional chief officer Ian Bounds said.
“This combination will present significant fire weather across the south of the state, in particular potential severe conditions for many areas of the Upper Derwent and South East for an extended period,” Mr Bounds said.
No fires may be lit or allowed to remain alight in the open air from 2am on January 11 until the same time on January 12. This includes (but is not limited to) incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots, and wood-fuelled barbecues. Machinery including lawn mowers that could cause a spark, should not be used.
In New Norfolk the temperature is forecast to reach 37 on Monday, with a 70% chance of showers at night. There will also be the chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Daytime temperatures are forecast to reach 36 degrees at Ouse, 34 at Maydena, 31 at Tarraleah, and 27 at National Park.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a fire weather warning for the Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands and South-East forecast districts, with severe fire danger forecast for the Upper Derwent Valley and Midlands.
The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.fire.tas.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
- For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.fire.tas.gov.au.
TOTAL FIRE BAN QUICK LINKS
Tasmania Fire Service alerts and incidents: Click for updates.
Weather warnings: Click for updates.
General advice for days of Total Fire Ban: From Tasmania Fire Service
Water use during Total Fire Bans: Advice from TasWater
Road closures: Click for updates.
New Norfolk and National Park tip sites: Closed due to total fire ban. Click for updates.
Local weather forecasts: