Highlands fire out of control

FIREFIGHTERS are using helicopters to protect three shack communities as a bushfire burns out of control in the Central Highlands.

Two helicopters were yesterday afternoon working in tandem, filling their fire buckets in Great Lake to douse nearby flames in  a fire that has already burnt through 8000 hectares.

Fire incident controller Chris Arthur said no property was threatened but firefighters were yesterday and again today   working on strengthening control lines.

They were ensuring the safety of the shack communities at Cramps Bay on the Great Lake and Jonah Bay and Hydro Bay on Arthurs Lake.

``The fire is still active and burning in bush,'' Mr Arthur said.

``It is uncontrolled and has an active edge of several kilometres.''

He said no one had been injured and no property was burnt apart from a small Transend power line that snapped in the heat and the main north-south transmission lines would need repairs but were still operating.

Mr Arthur said 29 firefighters with seven light tankers, one heavy tanker, two bulldozers and two helicopters worked on the blaze yesterday and firefighters would return today.

The fire was one of 25 bushfires either burning or being patrolled after burning out  around the state yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters were also working on a bushfire north of Forester Road and Marsh Road,  east of Great Forester River, near Scottsdale. The size of the fire is not known.

In the South, firefighters were yesterday mopping up in Glenlusk Road, Glenlusk after a fire that started on Friday threatened homes. No property was lost.

Others areas with active fires included Bruny Island, Colebrook,  Goshen, Glen Huon and Zeehan.

Water bombing helicopters refill with water at Cramps Bay at   Great Lake yesterday.

Water bombing helicopters refill with water at Cramps Bay at Great Lake yesterday.


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