North-West fire upgraded to ‘Advice’ level

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A bushfire at Waratah Road, Luina has been upgraded to ‘Advice’ level after first being reported yesterday afternoon.

Tasmania Fire Service say there is no immediate threat, but fires like these can be difficult to control under these conditions.

“Road users are asked to exercise extreme caution as fire crews are working on Waratah Road in the vicinity of Duffs Hill. Water bombing along the edge of Waratah Road is likely to occur. Road users to obey all road signs in area.”

Tasmania Fire Service also issued the below advice:

People in Luina should keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Well prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.

If you are not prepared for a bushfire, think about leaving for a safe place if it gets more dangerous.

If your family has made a bushfire survival plan, check it now.

For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan to manage the risks of smoky days.

For advice is available from the Department of Health www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air/bushfire_smoke or Asthma Australia https://asthma.org.au/about-asthma/triggers/bushfires-and-smoke/

New road rules apply in Tasmania. Motorists must slow to 40km/h when passing a stationary or slow moving emergency vehicle(s) with red and blue lights flashing or sounding alarm. This will assist in keeping emergency services personnel safe. https://rsac.tas.gov.au/slow-down-for-emergency-vehicles

For the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Tasmania, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline.

If your plan is to evacuate/leave? The best option is to stay with family or friends. There may be a higher risk of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in an evacuation centre, not only to those seeking shelter but also to emergency services and evacuation centre personnel. Physical distancing is to be maintained at all times in evacuation centres.

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