Vigilance urged for hot days

BAD fire conditions are again predicted for tomorrow  as the mercury is tipped to reach into the high 30s.

Launceston is forecast to experience 36 degrees, with Hobart expected to hit a very hot 38 degrees.

Yesterday's total fire bans were lifted at midnight, however a fire was still burning out of control at Bronte Park in the Central Highlands.

The Marlborough Highway remained closed overnight as crews worked to contain the 99-hectare fire burning in a south-easterly direction, and spotting across the highway about two kilometres north of Pine Tier Lagoon Road.

No structures were under threat.

Tasmania Fire service chief officer Mike Brown said people should be vigilant in coming days.

``While conditions will remain hot in some areas, lower wind speeds and higher humidity is forecast, meaning the actual fire danger is less than previous days,'' Mr Brown said.

``We are grateful that the people of Tasmania have been supportive during the total fire bans over the past two days.

``Our recent hot days have dried the landscape significantly.

``Areas that were relatively green only two weeks ago are now very dry and ready to burn.

``I ask Tasmanians to take extra care in the lead-up to Friday.''

Fire permits will not be issued for hazard reduction burning over the next few days, and farmers are asked to be careful while harvesting as a fire ban is likely for tomorrow.

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