Bushfire burning beyond Strathgordon

A SMOKE alert remains in place for Maydena and the Mt Field area while a bushfire continues burning at Olegas Bluff beyond Strathgordon. The wildfire is reported to be within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and on Aboriginal Land Council Tasmania land, and was first detected by satellite on February 15.

The Parks and Wildlife Service is actively undertaking air-based suppression works in the area and the fire is not yet contained. Incident controller Alex Bradley said PWS remote area crews on the fireground were prioritising areas near sensitive cultural heritage assets, with support from aircraft with waterbombing. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

“Fire operations are based at Strathgordon with assistance from a special intelligence gathering helicopter,” Mr Bradley said. “Remote Area Firefighters from the PWS are on site and will undertake active suppression when safe to do so.”

“At 10.20 am on February 17 the fire was 339 hectares, with low-to-moderate fire behaviour being experienced. The fire is primarily burning in buttongrass moorland. The PWS is focussing firefighting efforts to protect environmental and cultural values in the area.

“The PWS is asking visitors to the Gordon Dam, Strathgordon, and Gordon River Rd to be aware of increased road traffic and aircraft. Walking tracks and routes within the area are currently closed. This includes access to the Hamilton Range and Truchanas Pine Forest via the Gordon Dam, the Prince of Wales Range and Pearce Basin to the Denison River.These areas will be closed until further notice.”

The fire is generating smoke in areas to the east, including Strathgordon, Maydena, and Mt Field National Park.

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