Hot winds flare more fires in Tassie

Tasmania has been struck again with dry, hot, windy weather over the past couple of days resulting in more breaking bush fires.

One is currently burning in the hills around Molesworth in the Derwent Valley. Unpredicatable winds have added to the flare-up and changing course of the fire seeing it yesterday head towards Lachlan just a few kilometres outside of the town of New Norfolk. The fire has been burning since around lunch time on Wednesday.

Residents along Glen Dhu, Collins Cap, Tanglewood, Valley, Stocks and Suhr Roads were told to evacuate with many residents trying to move livestock to safety.

Helicopters survey the scene while others bring water
Helicopters survey the scene while others bring water

To date there have been no reported homes lost but there have been a number of farm/out buildings, fencing and vehicles destroyed. Also, one of the water bombing helicopters, that are continuing to work around the area to quell the blaze, crashed yesterday resulting in the pilot being rushed to Royal Hobart Hospital. Thankfully the pilot was only (naturally) shaken but without serious injury.

A number of roads are still blockaded with police on hand to divert traffic. With high winds expected to continue all afternoon and into the night a reprieve from conditions is unlikely.

There is also another uncontrolled fire burning at Franklin South of Hobart. Tasmanians are being urged to be vigilant, to stay up to date with the latest warnings from the Tasmanian Fire Service and to ensure they have suitable emergency bushfire plans in readiness.

Billowing plumes - taken from the back yard
Billowing plumes – taken from my back yard

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