Gratitude as fireys arrive in nick of time

Della White has two words for the Tasmania Fire Service: ``thank you''.

The Whites' home near Lefroy was within minutes of going up in flames before fire crews arrived ``in the nick of time''.

``If they hadn't been here we'd have lost everything, there was a big spot fire here when they got here and I reckon it was within minutes of hitting the house,'' Mrs White said.

The 220-hectare fire started on Thursday afternoon along Bridport Road, threatening properties around Trooper Track road.

The fire service called in several brigades, bulldozers and helicopters to battle the fire. 

``As soon as the fireys turned up, even though it was very scary we felt a lot safer,'' Mrs White said. 

``They were amazing, they gave you emotional support as well as doing their job.''

Incident controller John Hazzlewood said fire crews were getting on top of the  bushfire yesterday. 

Crews strengthened containment lines on the south and north side of Bridport Road and extinguished electricity poles, a large number of which had caught fire.

Firefighters had contained about half of the fire on its north-eastern flank yesterday afternoon.

Mr Hazzlewood said the fire had not been ``too active'' and he was hoping to have it contained by last night or this morning. 

Bridport Road is now open.

The fire service has also been fighting a 1000-hectare vegetation fire in a state forest and Douglas Apsley National Park, which is closed, about 14 kilometres south-east of Fingal. 

Forestry Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife were also involved in efforts to contain it.  

Firefighters have been speaking to concerned residents along the Tasman Highway but the fire is not as close as first thought.

``The fire has not moved far today but the tough country it is in, it will take us a while to get around it,'' Mr Hazzlewood said. No communities are threatened.

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