'Leave Early': Warning Issued To Residents As Tasmanian Bushfires Intensify
Firefighters are battling three major fires across the state and there are six emergency warnings in place.
Strong winds are set to wreak havoc across parts of Tasmania again on Friday.
The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) has declared a total fire ban for the state until Monday -- and people are being asked to rethink any activity that requires a spark, could have embers or start a fire.
There are 53 fires listed in Tasmania on Friday morning, with 29 active.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting temperatures on Friday will peak in the mid to high 20s across most of the state, with inland areas in the south reaching low 30s.
About 66,000 hectares have been burnt by the fires and 500 fire personnel are battling them, including 145 from ACT, NSW and New Zealand.
Fire activity at Lynch Hill rapidly increased and the blaze is burning through button grass -- a native plant species -- prompting emergency warnings and text alerts for Zeehan and Renison Bell areas on Friday, authorities say.
"The best thing people can do in these conditions is leave early because it is the safest possible thing to do," the Tasmanian Fire Service says.
An evacuation centre is open at Queenstown Basketball Stadium.
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Communities in the highland lakes area are also reminded to stay on high alert, with emergency warnings in place for Shannon, Waddamana, Penstock Lagoon and Hilltop and there is an evacuation centre open at the Bothwell Town Hall.
Another evacuation centre is open at the Huonville PCYC for those affected by the fire in the Tahune area.
Very high fire danger ratings are already being detected in central parts of the state and the ratings could increase as the day and heat wears on.
Adding to the challenge for fire crews on Friday, forecast winds mean water-bombing aircraft will be grounded.
Ground crews will be stepped up to try and cover the loss of aircraft, but efforts will be prioritised in terms of human safety and property defence.
Locals can find out more by looking at www.fire.tas.gov.au for more information.
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