Smoke to affect West Coast residents

AUTHORITIES have warned people on the West Coast that they will likely experience thick smoke in the area today.

Three fires are burning between Pieman Heads and Queenstown.

Weather conditions are expected to fan the blazes and affect visibility.

Incident controller Shane Breen, from the Parks and Wildlife Service, said people should check for updates on the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au before travelling in the area.

Mr Breen said that while roads remained open, fires east of Lake Burbury, on Heemskirk Road east of Granville Harbour, and in remote country south-east of Pieman Heads were actively burning and the smoke situation could worsen.

Nelson Falls walking track remains closed and the walking route from the Frenchmans Cap Track (near Tahune Hut) to the Lyell Highway, via the Irenabyss and Raglan Range, was also closed until further notice.

Mr Breen said that Pieman Heads and Conical Rocks were likely to experience smoke, embers and ash from the Pieman Heads fire.

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