Bushfires in Tasmania have destroyed a second home, with authorities urging people to stay vigilant in worsening weekend conditions.
It was confirmed on Friday an out-of-control fire in the northeast had burned down a property in the Tower Hill area.
Police believe the blaze was deliberately lit on Monday.
Hot and windy weather will push the fire danger to very high on the east coast and northeast on Saturday, with a total fire ban declared for areas of the state's south and north.
Crews have worked to strengthen containment lines around a series of fires in the northeast near the township of Fingal, amid fears they could spread into the Douglas-Apsley National Park.
"It's really important that the community stays alert, particularly over the weekend," Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer Chris Arnol said.
"We don't want people to be alarmed, but we do want people to be aware."
Temperatures are tipped to reach the low 30s on Saturday in the state's east and south before a cold front crosses in the afternoon.
Five 'watch and act' alerts were place for the Fingal fires.
Another home was earlier this week destroyed by a separate blaze at Elderslie, about 50km northwest of Hobart.
Volunteer firefighters in Tasmania are now eligible to receive $300-a-day compensation payments from the federal government, a scheme which was made available to their counterparts in NSW in late December 2019.
"Our hardworking firefighters are doing an incredible job on the frontline, protecting lives and properties," Premier Will Hodgman said.
Around 27,500 hectares have burned in Tasmania so far this fire season.
Australian Associated Press