Fires spark warnings

A vegetation fire at Brittons Link has covered the region in a cloud of smoke this week as Tasmania Fire Service works to bring the blaze under control. Pictures: Ashleigh Force.

Update. Tasmania Fire Service crews are working to contain a number of fires in Circular Head this week.
A fire which started at Brittons Link on January 29 is among four main blazes across the state including at Great Pine Tier in the Central Plateau, and Gell River and Riveaux Road in the south west.
At the time of reporting, there were 24 fires actively burning across the state with 195,000 hectares having been burnt. Nine watch and act alerts were in place and 18 advice alerts, including the Brittons Link blaze.
A bushfire emergency warning and later a watch and act message for the local fire was in place for the communities of Edith Creek, Irishtown and Scotchtown on Sunday. 
Gusty winds provoked the fire on Monday, as crews worked to maintain containment lines.
Low cloud coverage across the state on Tuesday prevented aircraft operations in several areas however favourable weather conditions in the north west allowed for backburning to be undertaken at Brittons Link.
While there is rain forecast for the coming days, community members are urged to remain vigilant.
Elsewhere in Circular Head, a vegetation fire on Fairview Road, Redpa remains under patrol with no alert in place. Parks and Wildlife Service are monitoring a fire at Sumac Road, West Coast while 141 hectares has been burnt by a fire at Rapid River.
In the past week, more than 700 personnel have been working on the fires including 159 interstate and New Zealand firefighters.
Tasmania Fire Service has confirmed the loss of four homes at the Riveaux Road fire in the Huon Valley and three at the Great Pine Tier fire in the Central Plateau.
To keep up to date, visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and for road closures go to www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/.

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