Parts of Bell Bay Port have been shut down as toxic smoke continues to pour our of a fire at the industrial site.
Firefighters have been battling a blaze that started last night in a stack of tyres and scrap metal at OneSteel Recycling plant.
Fire crews discovered a 400 tonnes of smelter by-products amidst the pile of rubble.
The aluminium waste is reactive to water making battling the fire more challenging for emergency crews.
The buring area has been estimated at about 200 square metres.
District officer Steven Richardson confirmed berth one and two had been shutdown along with Tasports.
The Department of Health and Human Services is onsite assessing the situation along with emergency crews. No injuries have been reported at this stage.
A Hillwood woman, who did not wish to be named, said she received a phone call this morning from the Environmental Protection Authority, warning of potentially dangerous smoke from a tyre fire at Bell Bay.
The resident said while she appreciated the phone call, there were better ways to communicate this information more broadly.
``They should have an SMS alert system,'' she said.
``I'm really grateful to them for letting me know ... But what about the other 100,000 people (in the area)?''
People with respiratory illnesses could pay to sign up for an SMS alert system, she suggested.
There were no injuries from the fire, which started in a stack of tyres, but three firefighting units from George Town and Beaconsfield are still fighting the blaze.
There were up to 12 firefighting units on site last night.
Workers at OneSteel - a metal recycling plant - have also been assisting crews pull apart the fire.
Large plumes of smoke are expected to hang over the industrial zone for days as the fire burns out of control.
The EPA has been contacted for comment and The Examiner is awaiting their response.