Update on the wildfires in Tasmania

Numerous bushfires are burning in the island state south of the Australia mainland

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Satellite photo showing smoke streaming from the wildfires in Tasmania, January 29, 2019. The red dots represent heat. Click to enlarge.

Firefighters in Tasmania has been battling large bushfires for the last month and conditions are not improving. Several large air tankers and helicopters from the Australian mainland, as well as firefighters, have flown across the Bass Strait to provide assistance.

Below are excerpts from an article from ABC Australia published at about 6 a.m. PST US January 30:

Communities in the Central Plateau also remain on high alert with gusty winds pushing flames towards properties.

More than 500 firefighters are battling nearly 1,500 kilometres of fire fronts across Tasmania but the main fire fight is in the Huon Valley, south of Hobart.

The Tasmania Fire Service said the Huon Highway near Geeveston was expected to be impacted by fire tonight, with the possibility that communities further south could be cut off for an extended period of time.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.