Bushfire rages across South-West Tasmania, covers Hobart in smoke!

Written by on January 4, 2019

An uncontrolled bushfire continues to rage across Tasmania’s south-west from Gell River (Approximately 20km north-west of Maydena), sending thick clouds of smoke over Greater Hobart!

Smoke passing over Kingston (Photo: Josh Agnew)

A Watch and Act alert has been issued for Maydena, Tyenna, Mt Field and the National Park, and the Advice level fire on Bruny Island continues to burn. The Tasmania Fire Service says the bushfire may put the area at high risk within the next two to three hours. Fire under these conditions can be difficult to control.

The TFS said embers, smoke and ash from the fire could threaten homes in the watch and act area earlier than the main fire.

Those around Maydena are also being advised the Gordon River Road is closed to all west-bound traffic due to the fire embers and ash in the area.

A smoke alert has been issued for the Derwent Valley, greater Hobart, Huon Valley and D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Alex Melitsis is forecasting brutally hot temperatures in parts of the state to drop in a matter of hours.

“In the Hobart area we should see a dramatic change, temperatures plummeting 10 to 15 degrees over an hour and that would be mid this afternoon, maybe around 3pm. Then we’ll see that change move up the east coast, so probably reaching Freycinet around 5pm,” he says.

Cascade Brewery surrounded by smoke (Photo: Max Moller)

A total fire ban remains in place in the North and South of the state today.

Premier Will Hodgman has called on Tasmanians to exercise caution through today’s heat.

“With a total fire ban in place, I ask all Tasmanians to be vigilant, remain aware of local conditions and follow the advice of the Tasmanian Fire Service,” he said.

The hard work of the fire service and its volunteers has been praised by the Premier.

“Our hardworking career and volunteer firefighters do an incredible job keeping Tasmanian communities safe,” Mr Hodgman said.

The South-west bushfire comes on the 6th anniversary of the Dunalley bushfires, which devastated the Tasman in 2013.

Cover image by Leanne Taylor.

Reader's opinions
  1. Penny BLIGHT   On   January 24, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Listening and watching from here in the UK. Lived in Cygnet for many years. Thinking of all our friends and indeed everyone in the Huon Valley and hoping and praying you all remain safe. Our hearts are already breaking for the Wilderness and animals already lost. ?

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