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For anyone that missed it, the roads to both the Tasman (arthur highway) and Freycinet peninsulas (Coles bay rd) are currently closed and all the roads in Freycinet national park are closed.

the police site has the latest:

http://police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

Pinnacle Rd to mt wellington was closed yesterday (it always is on days of extreme fire danger), but appears to be open today


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  1. Jon Nermut AUTHOR

    The Coles bay rd is back open but the park is still closed. This is from http://parks.tas.gov.au

     

    Southwest National Park fire update

    06/01/2013

     

    The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that smoke from a large bushfire in the Southwest National Park is likely to continue to affect southern Tasmania communities including the Huon Valley and Hobart.

    Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller for the Giblin River fire, Chris Arthur, said the fire that started from lightning on 3 January is burning through buttongrass moorlands in the southwest and presents no threat to communities.

    “This fire, estimated to have burnt about 30,000 hectares, is affecting a large area between Lake Pedder and Port Davey. In the interests of public safety all tracks in the Western and Eastern Arthur Ranges are closed,” Mr Arthur said.

    Closed tracks include: the Port Davey Track, Old Port Davey Track, Junction Creek Track, Arthur Plains Track, Cracroft Valley Track, Blakes Opening - Huon Track and the Old River traverse. The Huon and Edgar campgrounds are also closed. The closures may be in place for an extended period of time.

    Walkers in the southwest are today being relocated from tracks by helicopter to a nearby safer place at the Scotts Peak airstrip. Access is still available to Melaleuca however visitors are advised not to travel north of Melaleuca.

    Other parks affected by bushfires include:

    Douglas Apsley National Park which remains closed until further notice due to the Bicheno bushfire

    Freycinet National Park is also closed until further notice due to the Bicheno bushfire. The Freycinet National Park closure includes all walking tracks and access roads within the Freycinet National Park, including the Friendly Beaches. Road access to The Fisheries is available for Fisheries residents only. Access remains available to the Freycinet Lodge for guests.

    Mount Field National Park remains closed until further notice due to a large bushfire at Lake Repulse. This closure will remain in effect until there is a safe boundary established in this area.

  2. Jon Nermut AUTHOR

    Some more info on the Giblin river fire here:

    http://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11988

  3. Jon Nermut AUTHOR

    This is from Jan 5th, shows big the Tasman and South West fire is:

  4. Jon Nermut AUTHOR

    Freycinet and Mt Field to re-open Thursday 10 January

    09/01/2013

    Freycinet and Mt Field national parks will re-open partially on Thursday 10 January 2013, although restrictions to some areas remain in place.

    Mount Field National Park will re-open on Thursday, 10 January for day use only. The tracks around the visitor centre including Russell Falls, Tall Trees-Lady Baron will be open. The campground and alpine area tracks remain closed.

    Freycinet National Park will re-open Thursday, 10 January, including the tracks to Wineglass Bay. The visitor centre will be open from 8am. The Friendly Beaches Road remains closed.

    Douglas-Apsley National Park remains closed as fire crews are still working in that area.

    Southwest National Park - a very large fire is affecting the area between Port Davey and Lake Pedder. Closed tracks include: the Port Davey Track, Old Port Davey Track, Junction Creek Track, Arthur Plains Track, Cracroft Valley Track, Blakes Opening - Huon Track and the Old River traverse.

    The Scotts Peak Road and Mt Anne Circuit and Lake Judd track have now re-opened. The Huon and Edgar campgrounds are closed. The closures may be in place for an extended period of time. Access is still available to Melaleuca however visitors are advised not to travel north of Melaleuca.

    Rocky Cape National Park is closed due to a fire at Speedwell Road, Montumana. Rocky Cape Road is closed to all traffic except Rocky Cape residents who can still access their residence.

    Tasman National Park has been affected by the Forcett fire. All Tasman National Park tracks are closed including Waterfall Bay to Fortescue Bay, Cape Hauy, Cape Pillar, Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff. The Fortescue Bay Road and campground have been closed.