Avoid the area: Victoria Valley and Osterley

Bushfire Watch and ActVictoria Valley and Osterley Avoid the area

This is a Bushfire Watch and Act message for Dee Lagoon, Nine Mile Marsh, Victoria Valley, Mud Hills, Osterley, Lower Tier, Little Blue Hill and Hill of Blazes.

The fire is slowing but is not yet contained. The fire is travelling towards Victoria Valley.

Embers, smoke, and ash may fall on Dee Lagoon, Nine Mile Marsh, Victoria Valley, Mud Hills, Osterley, Lower Tier, Little Blue Hill and Hill of Blazes and threaten you and your home before the main fire arrives.

Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are attending. Conditions are expected to be changeable.

An evacuation centre has been opened at New Norfolk Sport Centre, 50 Derwent Terrace, New Norfolk. Only travel if it is safe for you to do so.

THIS ALERT WAS ISSUED AT 7.27PM ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024.
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ROAD CLOSURE DETAILS

What to do:

If you have prepared your home and can actively defend it, it should provide shelter.

If you are going to leave, make sure you have a clear path to a safer place.

If your family has made a bushfire plan, use it now.

If you do not live near Dee Lagoon, Nine Mile Marsh, Victoria Valley, Mud Hills, Osterley, Lower Tier, Little Blue Hill and Hill of Blazes, stay away. The roads could be very dangerous.

For fire updates, listen to ABC Local Radio or visit tasalert.com

Community Information:

For information on current road closures, visit the Tasmania Police website: police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

People at higher risk from the effects of smoke, including those with medical conditions, are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke and managing their health. Advice is available from the Department of Health health.tas.gov.au/health-topics/environmental-health/air-quality or Asthma Australia asthma.org.au/triggers/wood-heaters-woodfires-and-bushfires/

If there is a fire and your plan is to evacuate or leave, the best option is to stay with family or friends.

See more Derwent Valley and Central Highlands news online and read our print edition every second Friday.

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