Good progress on bushfire response but challenges loom

THE Tasmania Fire Service urges people to remain vigilant as bushfires continue to burn in the Upper Derwent Valley/Central Highlands. While several fires have been brought within containment lines this morning, Watch and Act warnings remain in place for Highland Waters and surrounding areas, as well as Dee, Bradys Lake, Tarraleah and surrounds.

Incident controller Mark Klop said about 100 firefighters from Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are responding to the incidents.

“Over the weekend, firefighters have done a lot of work in the Osterley and Bradys Lake area, and it’s important for us to get on top of these as much as possible now before we hit higher fire danger weather later this week,” Mr Klop said.

“The fire at Osterley, down into Ouse, is quite challenging due to the terrain and crews are using machinery to construct some fire breaks to help them gain access to the area. Our plan is to consolidate the boundaries of the fires as much as possible before that weather comes through on Wednesday,” he said. “As well as our ground crews, we have remote area firefighters and our aerial resources working to control the fires.”

TasALERT map showing the bushfire areas beyond Ouse. The red lines indicate closed roads as of Monday morning. Check the Tasmania Police community alerts website for road closure updates.

Mr Klop said urged Tasmanians to stay alert and make good decisions. “The message is that people need to be informed,” he said. “Please avoid any fire in the landscape, it’s extremely dry out there, and take extra care if you are using any kind of machinery or apparatus that can cause sparks.”

Picture: Incident controller Mark Klop speaking at Ouse yesterday.

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