A Bushfire Advice Message For Huonville, Glen Huon, Franklin area

Issued At: 17/02/2019 8:01am

There is a bushfire that started at Riveaux Road, Southwest.

This bushfire has a large perimeter and is close to several communities in the Huon Valley. Although fire conditions are relatively benign at the moment under current weather conditions, flare ups both within the fire area and on the fire edge will continue.

There is no immediate threat to Huonville, Glen Huon, or Frankin areas although these flare-ups may be erratic and difficult to control and may see smoke, ash and embers falling on these areas.

What to do:

People in Huonville, Glen Huon, Franklin area should keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Well prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.

If you are not prepared for a bushfire, think about leaving for a safe place if it gets more dangerous.

If your family has made a bushfire survival plan, check it now.

Report any new fires immediately by phoning Triple Zero (000).

Incident number: 19001635
Community Information:

Mild weather conditions continue to slow progression of the fire but has NOT extinguished it. Numerous hot spots remain along uncontrolled edges west of Franklin within the burnt area, that may flare up if hotter and windy weather conditions return. A large number of uncontrolled hot spots remain burning in predominately eucalypt forest and woodland in the areas from South Franklin to Glendevie and a helicopter flight using infrared technology has identified a significant number of additional hot spots in the area as well as around the Hartz Mountain and Arve Loop Forest Reserve area.

It is important you stay up to date with the current fire information via the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au or local ABC radio.

Warning - Areas impacted by fire pose a number of risks and hazards to the public and fire crews. There are still a number of roads closed and the public are must adhere to road closure signage and refrain from entering these areas. Roads impacted by fire remain a significant risk of fallen trees or trees that have potential to fall without notice, damage to the road surface and slippery conditions, damage to local bridges and normal roadside warning signs damaged or destroyed. Please slow down and drive to the conditions as emergency service vehicles continue to use these roads.

For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

The temporary combined information and services hub has been established by the Department of Premier and Cabinet; and is open until further notice at the Huon LINC, 1 Skinner Drive, Huonville and will operate to the public from 10am - 5pm.
A second temporary combined information and services hub has been established and will be open every Thursday at the Geeveston Community Hall, 5 Brady Street, Geeveston and will operate to the public 12pm - 5pm.

Information regarding Recovery and Restoration Grants can be found at: http://alert.tas.gov.au/recovery/Pages/FinancialAssistance.aspx

For information about Department of Education School updates, check the latest information at: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/alerts/.

Track, park and campground closures: Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service www.parks.tas.gov.au click on Track/Reserve Closures & Visitor Advice.

Alert Level: ADVICE
Type: vegetation fire
Last Updated: 2019-02-17
First Reported: 2019-01-16
Location: Riveaux Road, Southwest
Status: Going
Agency: Tasmania Fire Service
Size: approximately 64,030 hectares
Attending Resources:

Tasmania Fire Service Resources Arrived:
  1 x LIGHT TANKER
  1 x HEAVY TANKER
  1 x TFS

Tasmania Fire Service Resources Mobilised:
  1 x TFS
  1 x UTILITY
  1 x ROTARY WING: LIGHT