Fire crews ready for day of extreme fire danger

February 22, 2024 9:12 am in by

A Total Fire Ban is in place for southern Tasmania, with crews bracing hot, dry and windy conditions.

Tasmania Fire Service has initiated a Hot Day Response across the state, and a Total Fire Ban has been declared for Southern Tasmania.

Deputy Chief Officer Matt Lowe said the Total Fire Ban was now in force until 2am on Saturday.

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TFS strike teams are positioned at New Norfolk and Sorell, and ready to be deployed to the Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands, South East and East Coast regions.

“Our statewide Hot Day Response doubles the initial brigade response to any fires that do occur, and our aerial firefighting fleet remains on hand ready to respond and support ground crews across Tasmania,” he said.

“Late yesterday afternoon, five fires were reported in the Brady’s Lake area. TFS responded with aircraft and firefighting crews undertaking fire suppression late into the night. Three fires are currently at advice level and TFS will be reassessing this morning.”

Mr Lowe said that the current Fire Danger Rating forecasts were High for most districts today and tomorrow, and predicted to reach Extreme in the East Coast, Midlands, South East and Upper Derwent Valley today.

“This now means that no fires are permitted in the open in Southern Tasmania, including incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots, and wood-fuelled barbecues,” he said.

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“Earlier this week we announced that all southern fire permits were suspended until further notice, and now with a Total Fire Ban in place, anyone planning on lighting even a small fire must not do so.

“These measures are designed to protect our communities, and keep people safe, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation.”

Mr Lowe urged the community to prepare and remain vigilant for any smoke or fires.

“If you do see a fire or smoke in the area today, report it straight away,” he said.

“We need everyone to play their part and continue to be as prepared as possible.

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“Your home is more likely to survive a bushfire if you have prepared it properly.

“Don’t wait until it’s too late, prepare now and make sure you have a bushfire plan in place.”

Anyone who sees a fire burning should report it to triple-zero (000).

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