West Coast bushfire is still burning out of control

West Coast bushfire is still burning out of control

18 March 2008

published by www.abc.net.au

Tasmania, Australia — Fire fighters trying to control a bushfire in Tasmania’s north west can’t even attack the fire front.

More than 200 employees at the nearby Savage River Mine have been evacuated because of thick smoke.

The Western Explorer Road is closed because of the smoke and a number of trees that have fallen down.

About 40 firefighters, three helicopters, and a number of excavators are there and Incident Controller Geoff Coles says the winds have been variable, but not too strong.

“It’s a concern if the wind gets up, but it does bring high humidity and it might give us an opportunity to do some actual on ground work with the fire, especially working on it’s flanks,” Mr Coles said.

Another fire at Glenmark, near Dee Lagoon in the central highlands is still out of control

It’s burnt more than 1200 hectares and fire officers are trying to build containment lines.

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