Tasmanian fire crews battling blazes prepare for 'spike' in weather conditions

| 06.01,20. 11:20 PM |

Tasmanian fire crews battling blazes prepare for 'spike' in weather conditions

Photo: Fire crews have been fighting the Fingal blaze for a week. (Facebook: Glengarry Volunteer Fire Brigade)

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) says it is "working hard" to consolidate fire boundaries ahead of the end of the week, which will likely see temperatures jump into the 30s.

"There is potential for another spike in weather conditions later in the week," the TFS said in a statement.

"Aircraft, machinery and remote-area firefighters are all working towards dropping advice levels and ensuring community safety across the state."

There are a number of watch and act warnings in place across parts of the state, including for Fingal in the north-east and surrounds, which have been burning since last week.

As it happened, bushfire-hit communities take stock ahead of worsening conditions

The Fingal fire started on December 29 and has spread to more than 16,000 hectares.

The Pelham Road fire in the south-east has been burning since December 30, affecting more than 2,100 hectares of bushland.

The Pearce Basin fire in the south-west has spread and moved in a south-easterly direction — four main areas of the fire have been identified as hotspots, and crews are working to extinguish them.

The TFS has issued a smoke alert for the Greater Hobart area due to smoke being visible from the Fingal and Pelham fires.

Meanwhile, Mangana man Rob Peter Matthewson, 35, has appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court today, charged with unlawfully setting fire to vegetation and lighting a fire on a total fire ban day.

Police said the charges were in relation to the current bushfire burning at Mangana, which was lit last Monday.

Mr Mathewson applied for bail which was refused and he has been remanded in custody to reappear at the end of the month.

The TFS advises that as of Monday, fire permits are now required for the whole state of Tasmania.

A fire permit can be obtained by calling 1800 000 699.


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