Lakes bushfire property destruction confirmed

FIRE scene examinations have confirmed that three structures have been destroyed in bushfires near Dee and Bradys Lake in the Upper Derwent Valley/Central Highlands. The losses were two dwellings and a shed.

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Tasmania Fire Service deputy chief officer Matt Lowe said firefighting crews would continue their efforts over the weekend and into next week. “At the moment we have three fires of concern: one on the western side of Osterley and another two either side of Dee Lagoon,” Mr Lowe said.

“These fires have burnt an area of approximately 4000 hectares and we have resources in strategic locations to prevent any other assets from being at risk. An active investigation into the cause of the fires is under way, with Tasmania Police commander Jason Elmer urging anyone with information to come forward,” he said.

“It’s highly likely that two of the five fires that were reported in the area on Wednesday afternoon were deliberately lit. If anyone saw anything suspicious in the area on Wednesday, whether it was a person or a vehicle, we ask that you share that information with us.

“Deliberately lighting fires is appalling. This sort of behaviour has the potential to risk the lives and livelihoods of community members, as well as the lives and safety of our first responders. An active investigation is under way, and we have some experienced detectives who are leading that investigation and will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to apprehend whoever is responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact Bridgewater CIB on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers Tasmania at crimestopperstas.com.au or on 1800 333 000. You can stay anonymous.

Current road closures in the area:

  • Victoria Valley Rd – Between Lake Echo Rd and Mentmore Rd
  • Lake Echo Rd – Between Mentmore Rd and Victoria Valley Rd
  • Lanes Tier Rd from Victoria Valley Rd – restricted to emergency services vehicles only
  • Victoria Valley Rd, from Lane Tier Rd to Bashan Rd – restricted to residents only
  • Bashan Rd – Restricted to residents only

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