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Smoke warning as fires still pose risk

February 11, 2016
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isA CHANGE in wind direction and the prevalence of smoke is a reminder that fires burning in the North-West are still active and can pose a future risk to communities, TFS state operations senior station officer John Holloway said.

The Tasmania Fire Service issued a bushfire smoke warning for the North and North-West of the state as south-westerly winds are blowing smoke over Zeehan, Smithton, Burnie and the Tamar Valley.

According to Mr Holloway, smoke is also blowing out towards Bass Strait and coming back over the Tamar Valley.

The increased smoke was a sign of increased fire activity, Mr Holloway said.

“The fire activity isn’t changing our tactics at the moment.

“We are continuing to drop in remote area crews and work off tracks and roads with tankers to secure containment lines,” Mr Holloway said.

Some crews were being redirected to the northern edge of fires as those areas were most at risk, Mr Holloway said.

An increase in wind speed caused fires to flare up near Pipeline Road, Mawbanna and Arthur River.

“A fire at the southern end of the Mawbanna pipeline road actually crossed a section of the Western Explorer Road,” Mr Holloway said. The Western Explorer Road was closed at the time.

Mr Holloway said that flare ups were “no concern at this stage”.

“It does indicate that these are still large fires and there is still potential into the future to affect people in these areas,” he said.

About 37 aircraft are currently operating in Tasmania.