Firefighters battling blaze at Tomahawk

February 15, 2024 9:14 am in by

Fire crews are attending an out of control blaze near Waterhouse Conservation Area at Tomahawk in the state’s north east.

An Emergency Alert and Warning (leave immediately) has been issued for the Waterhouse Conservation Area, Ransons Beach, West Beach and surrounds.

Tasmania Fire Service Regional Chief North, Jeff Harper said there are 16 vehicles responding, with crews working to control the blaze.

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“A further six rotary aircraft and two planes are also responding to the incident,” he said.

“The fire was reported shortly after 4am, and was observed to be quite large.

“At this stage it’s not known how the fire started.

“Fire crews have been evacuating campers from the area, as there are concerns the fire will spread to Homestead Road which is the only way in and out of the conservation area.

“There is no evacuation centre established, and people are being escorted to Waterhouse Road.

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“People who have been displaced are advised that there are Nearby Safer Places located at Bridport to the west of the fire, and Gladstone to the east of the fire.

“The fire is travelling towards Tomahawk, and a Watch and Act message (monitor conditions as they are changing) has been issued for Tomahawk and Surrounds.

“At this stage crews believe the fire will be controlled before reaching Tomahawk, but we need people to stay informed.”

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