Forty fires ravage Tasmania

Five homes have been lost but many more saved as more than 40 bushfires burnt throughout Tasmania today.

One house was lost but more than 100 homes were saved by firefighters and local residents as a bushfire in the state's south threatened the outskirts of the town of Bridgewater.

Tasmania Fire Service district officer Ken Burns saysthe fire's 3 km front has moved 22 km since yesterday afternoon.

Mr Burns says erratic wind and inaccessible areas had hindered firefighters.

Meanwhile, four homes were lost in a fire at Middleton, south of Hobart.

Mr Burns says that fire has burnt almost 50 hectares, but is now contained, if not yet fully controlled.

A separate fire in the Darling Ranges had flare-ups caused by wind gusts of over 100 kph.

Crews are patrolling the containment lines on that fire on a 24-hour basis.

Winds were expected to ease tonight in the region, taking some pressure off fire crews.

A scrub fire burning at Lindisfarne on the outskirts of Hobart closed the Tasman Highway.

And firefighters managed to contain smaller blazes at Stormlea, Austins Ferry, Cradoc and Cygnet.
Source: SBS

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