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Approximately 85 walkers on the Overland Track north of Pelion Hut have been successfully relocated further south along the track due to a wild fire burning at Fury Gorge.

Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller at Cradle Mountain, Geoff Coles said remote area fire fighters supported by water bombing aircraft have been working to contain the fire, which has now burnt approximately 85 hectares of bush and heathland.

The fire, which began as a result of lightning earlier this week, is burning about 10 kilometres west of Cradle Mountain in very steep terrain.

Mr Coles said three helicopters have been used during the day to both waterbomb the fire and transfer the walkers along the track, away from the fire.

"The conditions today have been good for fire suppression and we will continue this work over the weekend," Mr Coles said.

"Parks personnel are at various locations on the track network within the park to enforce track closures and ensure the safety of visitors."

The northern section of the Overland Track will be closed from today and there will be no departures allowed for the Overland Track until further notice.

Popular day walks near Cradle Mountain, including the Dove Lake Circuit, Enchanted Walk and Pencil Pine Falls Walk remain open.

However, the following tracks are closed until further notice:
Overland Track beyond Marions Lookout
Horse Track
Suttons Tarn
Cradle Peak
The Face Track
Twisted Lakes
Scott Kilvert Hut
Lake Rodway
Hounslow Heath
Reynolds Falls Track
Mount Remus Track
Mount Campbell.

Mr Coles said that favourable weather conditions, with rain forecast for tomorrow, should help in the containment of the fire.

The Parks and Wildlife Service is contacting those walkers booked on the Overland Track, who will be affected by the temporary closure of some parts of the track.

Further information on walking track closures can be obtained by visiting the Parks and Wildlife website at www.parks.tas.gov.au or calling (03) 6492 1133.

Updates on the fire can be obtained by visiting the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au