Fires rage on, community prepares

Situation. Last year Temma Farm saw the driest October since the ‘40s with a recording of just five millilitres, a factor that Sue Wigg believes has greatly contributed to the unpredictable fires the area is currently battling. A volunteer for the Bureau of Meteorology, Sue records daily measurements of rainfall at her Temma home and …

3 years ago

On the family front

Home. Every mother’s first priority is the safety of her children. For Mawbanna family, the Hofings, mum Jane was faced with making the heartbreaking decision to depart from her six-year-old daughter Gracie when the threat of bushfire grew strong. “Saturday I was stopped at a road block . . . the fire had gone from …

3 years ago

Youth admit to lighting fire

Black River. Two teenagers have admitted to lighting a fire at Black River last Thursday. The scrub fire started in thick vegetation within the Black River camping ground on the Bass Highway approximately 3.45pm on January 21. Police and Tasmania Fire Service units attended with the fire being contained to the middle of the campground. A …

3 years ago
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Total fire ban

TFS. Due to the number of fires burning across the state and the current dry conditions, Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) has taken the unprecedented step of declaring a four-day total fire ban. This ban is designed to prevent fire escapes from fires such as camp fires, back yard burning and other similar activities. Campers and …

3 years ago

Fire deliberately lit

Police. Two teenagers have admitted to lighting a fire at Black River today. The scrub fire started in thick vegetation within the Black River camping ground on the Bass Highway approximately 3.45pm. Police and Tasmania Fire Service units attended with the fire being contained to the middle of the campground. A helicopter water bomber was …

3 years ago

Total fire ban

TFS. Due to the forecast weather for tomorrow and current fire activity, Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the northern and north western regions of the state for Thursday January 21. This includes the municipalities of Break O’Day, Burnie, Dorset, Central Coast, Flinders, Circular Head, George Town, Devonport, Launceston, Kentish, Meander …

3 years ago

Total fire ban

Risk. Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the northern and north western regions of the state for Tuesday January 19. This includes Circular Head. It also includes the municipalities of Break O’Day, Burnie, Dorset, Central Coast, Flinders, George Town, Devonport, Launceston, Kentish, Meander Valley, King Island, Northern Midlands, Latrobe, West Tamar, Waratah-Wynyard …

3 years ago
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Temma fire

Update. A bushfire at Sumac Road/Dempster Plains, Temma is causing no immediate threat to communities, however Tasmania Fire Service warns fire under these conditions can be difficult to control. This may put up large amounts today of smoke due to changes in the weather. The Sandy Cape Track between Temma and Norfolk Road is closed. Recreational …

3 years ago

Arson charges

Fire. Three men have been charged with arson following a structure fire in Smithton on Monday night. Tasmania Police and Tasmania Fire Service were called to 7A Commondarry Court, Smithton at 11.30pm on Monday January 4 where fire crews found a Housing Choices residential unit well alight upon arrival with part of the roof collapsed. …

3 years ago

Hotplate starts fire

Damage. Emergency crews were called to a fire at units on Emmett Street, Smithton on Tuesday morning. Police and fire services attended the fire at 9.30am, by which time the property, consisting of a main building which houses four units, was well alight. Several separate units are also on the same block. Occupants were evacuated …

3 years ago