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Light rain over the weekend has halted the spread of a bushfire in the Fury Gorge near Cradle Mountain, allowing the re-opening of the Overland Track and popular day walks in the area.

Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller Chris Irvine said that although the fire is not increasing in size, it remains uncontained with the potential to extend into the alpine plateau and pose a threat to the Overland Track under the certain weather conditions.

"Unfortunately the 16 mm of rain received on the weekend was not enough to put the fire out, so it will be monitored daily and the risk to people and infrastructure on the Overland Track will also be regularly assessed," Mr Irvine said.

"We will also provide a safety briefing to Overland Track walkers before they begin their walk and we are requesting that they not undertake the Barn Bluff or Lake Will walks as these are closest to the active edge of the fire.

The fire required the relocation by helicopter of about 90 Overland Track walkers on Friday, but Mr Irvine said that walkers had been very cooperative despite the disruption to their walk.

The Fury Gorge fire was started by lightning on January 16. It has burnt about 90 hectares.

For further information, visit the Parks and Wildlife website at www.fire.tas.gov.au