With more than 80 bushfires burning across the state, Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) may stretch its resources and seek help from the mainland. More than 60 to 70 TFS crew of four personnel are fighting with around 80 blazes, mostly in west and north west of Tasmania, as reported by Mercury.
Tasmania Fire Service incident controller Rod Sherrin said, “at the moment we are resourcing locally. Our next move would be to bring in personnel from the East Coast and the South and then perhaps ask for help from the mainland.”
Forecasters have predicted that 30k/ph wind would fan the fire and the temperature would be 30 degree Celsius.
Meanwhile, TFS has also asked for public cooperation as their investigation indicates a dozen deliberately lit fires between Launceston and Scottsdale. TFS chief officer Gavin freeman said that 38 fires are listed as contained or patrolled. Mr. Freeman said, “we need the public to work with us very closely over the next couple of days.” He further stated, “We just can’t afford to have more fire in our environment — it will stretch our resources too much”.
TFS official site stated that there were several bushfires on the Tasmanian West Coast. The smoke from these fires could be visible around the North West and West Coast from Burnie to Strahan. Although, the areas are still covered with thick smoke, there is no threat to the communities residing there.
However, TFS has warned those travelling in these areas to be cautious while driving in smoke. It has advised the drivers to turn on headlights and drive slowly. The residents were also advised to stay informed through TFS official site or local radio station, as conditions may change drastically and fast.
The site has also provided links to the Tasmania Police websites: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/. This site will provide all the information on the current road closures.