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Multiple agencies tackling five fires in the highlands

FIREFIGHTING crews are responding to multiple bushfires this afternoon, including an out-of-control fire near Bradys Lake in the Central Highlands. An Emergency Warning is currently in place for the Dee community and surrounds.

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Tasmania Fire Service deputy chief officer Matt Lowe said five fires were reported in the Bradys Lake area yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. “TFS ground crews and aerial firefighting resources were deployed yesterday, and those efforts have continued today,” M r Lowe said.

“We have about 20 aircraft, as well as 12 crews from Sustainable Timber Tasmania, and 10 Tasmania Fire Service crews on the ground trying to contain the fire. The fire remains uncontained, and crews are dealing with tough conditions amid strong gusty winds and dry vegetation.”

Road closures are currently in place in the affected area and people are urged to avoid the area. A smoke alert has been issued for the Lyell Hwy in the Tarraleah and Lake Binney area. Crews are also responding to a fire near Crabtree in the Huon Valley.

🛑 The Lyell Highway between Gretna and Bronte Park is open to local traffic only due to a bushfire in the area. Please avoid the area until further notice.
🛑 Victoria Valley Rd is closed from the intersection of Mentmore Rd to the intersection of Lake Echo Rd
🛑 Lake Echo Rd is closed from the intersection of Victoria Valley Road to the intersection of Mentmore Rd

For the latest road closure details visit –https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

“With the high fire danger weather not forecast to ease until later this evening, we also have additional crews positioned at key locations across southern Tasmania,” Mr Lowe said. “A Total Fire Ban is in place for southern Tasmania until 2am on Saturday, which means no-one should be lighting fires in the open, including incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots, and wood fuelled barbecues.”

Mr Lowe urged Tasmanians to prepare and remain vigilant for any smoke or fires. “If you do see a fire or smoke in the air, call Triple Zero (000) straight away,” he said.

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