Tasmania Braces For Severe Fire Threat, Dry Winds And Hot Temperatures
Tasmania is bracing for the state's most dangerous fire conditions this bushfire season, with dry winds and hot temperatures forecast.
The fire danger over much of the state's south and east on Thursday is considered severe, the third-highest of six ratings.
Temperatures are forecast to peak in the mid-30s in parts, with Hobart expected to reach 33C.
Tasmania Fire Service Deputy Chief Officer Bruce Byatt said crews are on stand-by in what is expected to be the worst conditions of the bushfire season to date.
A 24-hour total fire ban stretching across the island's east, south, north and centre is in place from 2am.
Dry winds of 60-70km/h are forecast, but relief is expected on Thursday afternoon when a cold front crosses the state.
Wildfires in October threatened shack communities in the Central Highlands, prompting authorities to declare the start of the bushfire season.