King Is residents prepare for bushfire threat

King Is residents prepare for bushfirethreat

1 March 2007

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Tasmania, Australia — Firefighters on King Island, northof Tasmania, will meet residents of the coastal town of Naracoopa tonight toreassure them about the possible threat from a bushfire tomorrow.

Incident controller Gavin Freeman says while the fire ismoving north today, a forecast wind change tomorrow will push it south towardsabout 100 homes.

The blaze has so far burnt more than 5,000 hectares ofpasture and scrub.

Mr Freeman says containment lines are in place and crewsare confident the fire front will not reach the town.

“With that northerly wind, there is going to be alot of smoke go over,” he said.

“There’s about 100 houses south of the fire spreadout around the place and they are going to get a lot of smoke over the top ofthem tomorrow.

“We just want to make sure that the residents areaware of that and are ready for that and can expect that and not to worry toomuch about it.”

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