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Fires close tracks in the Southwest and at Cradle Mountain


Fires sparked by lightning strikes on February 16 have resulted in the closure of walking tracks at Cradle Mountain and in the Southwest National Park.


Three large uncontained fires are burning in the Southwest National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The fires are in the Cracroft Crossing/Arthur Plains area, the Terminal Peak/Lake Pedder area and the Olga River area.

All tracks leading into the Western and Easter Arthurs are closed until further notice - this is expected to be at least one week and may be longer.

Closed tracks include:
Huon Track, Farmhouse Creek Track, Old Port Davey Track, Junction Creek Track McKays Track (Arthur Plains Track).
The Mt Sprent Track and the Wilmot Range/Frankland Range area is also closed.

Open tracks include:
South Coast Track and Melaleuca. The Denison Spires and Lake Rhona track to Reeds Peak. A fire is burning in the upper Florentine Valley area near Snake River but this should have no impact on the Lake Rhona area.

For further information contact any of the following Parks and Wildlife Service offices; Derwent Park 6233 6560, Huonville 6264 8460 or Mt Field 6288 1149.

There are also several fires in the vicinity of Cradle Mountain. The fire of greatest concern, the Ten Mile Creek fire, is burning in the Reynolds Falls Nature Recreation Area west of Cradle Mountain.

Closed tracks include:

Speeler Plains, Hownslow Heath/Maryland Track, Horse Track, Pencil Pine and King Billy, Penguin to Cradle Trail from Mt Beecroft to Cradle Valley, Reynolds Falls and the Mt Remus track.

Open tracks include:
Dove Lake and the Overland Track

For further information contact the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre on 6492 1110.

For more detailed information on the fires, see the Tasmania Fire Service website.