Watch and act alert issued for Sisters Beach area

UPDATE at 10.11pm

The bushfire has now been downgraded to an advice level. Fire crews will be in attendance throughout the night.

Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is attending. Conditions are expected to improve.

Residents in the area are encouraged to monitor the situation and leave early if they are not well prepared.

EARLIER

Tasmanian Fire Service issued a watch and act advice warning at 7.40pm in response to an uncontrolled bushfire at Sisters Beach Road, Sisters Beach.

This fire is expected to put Sisters Beach – Banksia Ave, Serrata Crescent, Irbys Circus at high risk now.

The fire is travelling North West, towards Banksia Avenue.

Embers, smoke and ash may fall on Sisters Beach – Banksia Ave, Serrata Crescent, Irbys Circus and threaten you and your home before the main fire arrives.

Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is attending. Conditions are expected to improve.

What to do:

If you have prepared your home and can actively defend it, it should provide shelter.

If you are going to leave, make sure you have a clear path to a safer place.

An Evacuation Centre is not established.

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

If you do not live near Sisters Beach – Banksia Ave, Serrata Crescent, Irbys Circus, stay away. The roads could be very dangerous.

For fire updates, listen to ABC Local Radio or visit the TFS website at fire.tas.gov.au.

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

People at higher risk from the effects of smoke, including those with medical conditions, are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke and managing their health. Advice is available from the Department of Health dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air/bushfire_smoke or Asthma Australia www.asthma.org.au.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Tasmania, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738).

If there is a fire and your plan is to evacuate or 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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