TFS monitoring two West Coast fires

AN Incident Management Team has been set up at Zeehan to monitor and manage two bush fires burning on the West Coast.

The Tasmania Fire Service said in a statement this morning that lightning strikes may have caused a number of fires in the vicinity of Surprise Creek, south of Pieman Heads and near the Lyell Highway, between Queenstown and Strahan.

Neither fire poses a threat to communities and they are burning in largely inaccessible terrain.

The release stated calm conditions and overnight rain has prevented the spread of the bushfire burning near the Lyell Highway.

Fire crews and helicopters have been deployed to secure the Lyell Highway fire and planning and on-ground works have commenced to contain the Surprise Creek fire.

The fire service have advised people travelling on the Lyell Highway and near Queenstown to exercise caution if driving in smoke and be alert for increased vehicle movements along the Lyell Highway. 

``If you live in the area of the fire, stay informed in case conditions change by monitoring local radio stations and the Tasmania Fire Service,'' the service said.

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