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There is a Statewide Total Fire Ban in place and the Freycinet and Douglas-Apsley tracks have been closed today due to the fire danger.

Parks staff are bracing for a tough day with very high fire danger ratings around the state and a continuing commitment of more than 20 staff to the Zeehan complex of four fires on the West Coast. Eight fire crews of two people each are undertaking patrol work at strategic locations including the Coningham/Snug area in the south, Mt Field and Mt Bethune area, Meehan Range and Seven Mile Beach, Coles Bay and Friendly Beaches, Scottsdale and St Helens and Ulverstone to Naranwtapu. A helicopter is also stationed at Triabunna along with Parks Fire Crew members.

The crews must report in the fire duty officer every two hours unless otherwise instructed.

Details of Freycinet and Douglas-Aplsey track closures are as follows.

Freycinet National Park

Wineglass Bay Lookout Track CLOSED

Wineglass Bay Track CLOSED

Hazards Circuit Track CLOSED
Mt Amos Track CLOSED

Peninsula walking tracks CLOSED

Sleepy Bay Track CLOSED

South Friendly Beaches 4WD access track CLOSED

The following facilities will be OPEN at Freycinet National Park and in the local area

Freycinet Visitor Centre

Cape Tourville Boardwalk

Friendly Beaches

All campsites and beaches in the immediate Coles Bay area

Douglas-Apsley National Park

Leaberra Walking Track CLOSED

The following facilities will be OPEN at Douglas-Apsley National Park

Walking track to the Water Hole

All tracks and roads are expected to reopen on Wednesday, 29 January 2014.

For further information contact the Freycinet Visitor Centre on 6256 7000.